15-Minute Soba Noodle Soup
January 21st, 2013 18 Comments

15-Minute Soba Noodle Soup

15 Minutes Soba Noodle Soup
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I love all sorts of noodles but if I have to choose one of my favorite noodles, it would probably be Japanese soba, or buckwheat noodles. There are many reasons why I love soba: the slippery and smooth texture and the subtle taste of the buckwheat flour. Served cold as zaru soba (cold soba) or hot with a broth, soba never fails to satisfy my palate. Another thing that I love about soba is the convenience of preparing the noodles. Soba usually comes in individual serving bundles, so there is no prep work of measuring, soaking, and rinsing involved. All I have to do is peel off the paper wrapper that binds the noodles together, and off they go into a pot of boiling water, and in a few minutes, the soba noodles are ready to be served.

15 Minute Soba Noodle Soup

On warm summer days, I love a serving of cold soba with dipping sauce, which is simple yet utterly delicious. On cold winter days when I need some warmth, I adore a steaming hot bowl of soba noodle soup with all the trimmings: vegetables, mushrooms, shrimp, and topped with some seaweed strips and a generous dash of togarashi, or Japanese spices.

This is my 15-minute soba noodle soup recipe, ones that I have made over and over again, but never fails to delight me. This is also a perfect lunch dish for busy mothers or work-from-home professionals. Making a healthy, nutritious, and no-fuss quick lunch is possible with multi-tasking. While you boil the soba noodles, you can prepare the broth using instant Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base, which is a magical condiment that everyone should have in the kitchen. Add the ingredients you have ┬áin the fridge, and when the noodles are done, scoop them out, drain, and ladle the broth over. It’s that simple!

Try this recipe and I am sure soba noodles will become a staple in your pantry soon!

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18 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Jayne says:

    I make easy noodle soup like this all the time, especially when I don’t feel like spending too much time on the stove. You remind me about the bottle of dashi stock I have rolling in my drawer. I have to make this tonight!

  2. Michael says:

    I love soba but always wonder how to make the noodles. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Paul says:

    Can I replace the Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base, e.g. with dashi and smth else?

    • Yes, you can make dashi from scratch and you don’t have to use Mizkan soup base. However, if you have Mizkan Soup Base, you don’t have to make dashi as it’s just adding water and some soup base and you have a very delicious soup.

  4. Hillary says:

    Even though this recipe looks very delicious, but the best thing I like about it is that it only takes 15 minutes.

  5. This is such a hearty soup for these cold days. I love that it only takes 15 minutes to do! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. Timbo says:

    Great soup. Is this a healthy recipe? It seems like a lot of sodium. Really enjoyed it.

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  10. Susan says:

    Hello! I recently discovered your webbie and i’ve been making a lot your japanese recipes using the Mizkan shortcuts. I made this today and it was pretty good – flavorful but not overbearing. I think I’ll add a little sesame oil/spice/extra bonito flavored based as it was a bit light. Thanks for sharing these easy recipes!

  11. lestari says:

    if don`t have bonito flavoured soup base, can I use stock cube/ soya sauce instead?

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