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Fast & Easy Dinner: Warm Soba with Spinach and Tofu

Fast & Easy Dinner: Warm Soba with Spinach and Tofu

These days you can find the ingredients necessary to make tasty Japanese (and other Asian countries for that matter) dishes in most major supermarkets around the country. Soy sauce used to be the only common component, but now Mirin, miso paste, and even Asian vegetables - like seaweed are prevalent. Tonight's super swift dinner incorporates these flavors in a Japanese style noodle soup. Soba is a Japanese noodle made from buckwheat and it pairs nicely with mushrooms and spinach. Before you make it, you have to read the recipe, so

Warm Soba in Broth with Spinach and Tofu
From Food & Wine magazine
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4 large shiitake mushrooms, stemmed
Vegetable oil cooking spray
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
10 ounces soba noodles
5 cups boiling water
2 teaspoons instant dashi or 1 tablespoon miso paste (see Note)
4 ounces firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup finely shredded daikon
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 sheet nori seaweed, cut into 1/8-inch strips (see Note)

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Spray the mushroom caps with vegetable oil cooking spray, season with salt and pepper and broil 6 inches from the heat, turning the caps once, until lightly browned and tender, about 6 minutes. Let cool, then thinly slice the mushrooms.
  3. In a small bowl, stir the sugar into the soy sauce and mirin until dissolved.
  4. While the mushrooms broil, in a large saucepan of boiling water, cook the soba noodles, stirring once or twice, until just tender, about 8 minutes.
  5. Drain the noodles reserving the boiling water, rinse under cold water and drain again thoroughly.
  6. Add the boiling water and instant dashi to the saucepan. Add the tofu and shiitake and simmer just until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the spinach.
  8. Transfer the soba to 4 deep bowls and spoon the dashi mixture on top. Garnish the soba with the daikon, scallion and nori and serve right away, passing the soy sauce mixture alongside.

Serves 4.

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Bukalala Bukalala 9 years
I love all Asian dishes like this. Mmm.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i also love soba noodles. Thanks for sometimes including vegan recipes! i'll probably not use mushrooms but the rest looks delicious. :P
tati33 tati33 9 years
i love mushrooms!!
SweetE SweetE 9 years
sounds fantastic! Soba noodles are so yummy but I've never tried them at home.
uptowngirl1999 uptowngirl1999 9 years
i love soba noodles--can't wait to try this out some night.
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 9 years
Sounds like something I could eat a VAT of!! Thanks!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I'll pull out the mushrooms, but otherwise? Delicious looking!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
This stuff is REALLY yummy. It's not too heavy, so it's great for summer =)
attorneymarina attorneymarina 9 years
This looks really great - especially for a vegetarian like me! I am always on the lookout for new recipes. :) Thanks!
Fitness Fitness 9 years
This looks so good and so good for you. Buck wheat noodles (high in fiber and protein)and shiitake mushrooms (bolter the immune system) in one dish - how healthy!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 9 years
Yum!! I can't wait to make this, thanks! :)
greatfuldane greatfuldane 9 years
looks good, I am always looking for new ways to use tofu - my hubby and kid are getting a little sick of stir-fry.
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