Peanut Soba Noodle Bowl

peanut soba noodle bowl

I’m back! I felt like my brain was running at half speed while I had that head cold. My thoughts seem to be clearing as my symptoms have lifted, but now I’m presented with an overwhelming workload and would rather crawl back under the covers with Cookie. So it goes.

I’m taking a little break to share one of my new favorite, quick meals. It took two tries to get this one right (see the first try here), but my second attempt really hits the spot. Like my other soba noodle recipe, this one is packed with vegetables, which keeps the dish light, while buckwheat soba noodles contribute their whole grain goodness and peanut butter brings in some protein.

This Asian inspired, peanut butter flavored dish is a cinch to throw together. Just boil a pot of water, sauté some veggies, and whisk together some sauces from your pantry. Dinner is served!

peanut soba noodles recipe with broccoli and red peppers

Peanut Soba Noodles with Broccoli and Red Pepper
5.0 from 2 reviews
Recipe type: Main
Noodle bowl ingredients
  • 1 package of soba noodles*
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, cut into two inch strips
  • 5-6 tightly bunched broccoli stems (about 1½ to 2 pounds), cut into florets
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil, for stir-frying
  • 2 handfuls fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 small bunch of green onions, thinly sliced
  • lightly roasted peanuts, for topping
Sauce Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced and crushed into a paste (I used my garlic press)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • Big pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ to ½ cup hot water
  1. Boil a big pot of water. Add the soba noodles and cook according to the instructions on the package. Drain and rinse with cold water. (Tip: soba noodles seem to be more finicky than regular whole wheat pasta, so really, you need to cook them in a lot of water, be sure not to overcook them, and rinse them immediately.)
  2. Sauté your broccoli and red peppers over medium high heat with a splash of vegetable oil for about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the sauce, adding the hot water in increments at the end. As Heidi put it, you want it to be the consistency of a thin yogurt.
  4. Once your noodles are done cooking, rinsed and drained, toss together the noodles, broccoli, red peppers, cilantro, green onions and sauce.
  5. Portion into small bowls and top with a sprinkling of dry roasted peanuts.
Sauce adapted from 101 Cookbooks's Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad Recipe.
Make it gluten free: *This dish can be gluten free if you use gluten-free spaghetti instead (like a quinoa and corn spaghetti blend). It is also vegan.
Preparation tips: I chose to sautée my veggies but you could probably steam them lightly or perhaps use them raw. You could sub any number of seasonal vegetables for the broccoli and red pepper, too. Just be sure to use a lot of veggies to keep the dish light.
If you love this recipe: You'll also love my raw veggie soba noodle salad and Ashley's quick garlicky pasta recipe, too!


  1. Jacqui says

    I love a good peanut noodle bowl. So quick to make a delicious! Glad you’re feeling better and beautiful photos too!

  2. says

    Oh yum! I’m such a sucker for peanut sauce. Peanut anything, really. And your pictures are beautiful :) I definitely have to make this someday soon!

    • says

      That little noodle was teetering on the edge of the bowl and I gave it a little nudge. :) Wait, are you not a peanut butter lover yourself?

  3. Fauxchef for Five says

    I am going to make this for my vegan son this weekend. Actually, I think I will make it for all of us. Going to get the ingredients right now!

  4. says

    Hi Kate! I’ve never commented here, but have been reading for a while. Your dad and my husband, Josh, work together so that’s how I found your lovely blog. Anyways, Josh and I were just ooohing and aaahing over this, so I had to tell you that we’ll be trying it soon. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent!


  5. says

    I made this last night and it was fabulous! Loved the addition of stir-fried broccoli, because I usually make noodles like this with just raw vegetables.

  6. says

    Oh oh oh…this looks SO good! I picked up soba noodles last week and have been craving a good noodle bowl. I have a ton of napa cabbage and bok choy from my csa…I’m inspired to try something like this one. Your photo is gorgeous!!

  7. Bec says

    Made this tonight with a couple of tiny alterations (ditched the noodles for myself and had it with chicken + tofu because I’m on a low-carb diet), but it was absolutely delicious and my boyfriend (a peanut butter fiend) heartily concurred. Thanks so much!

    • says

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed the soba noodles, Bec! Thanks for commenting to let me know. I’m glad you could modify the dish to fit with your low-carb diet. That’s great!

  8. says

    Always nice to find a fellow vegetarian food blogger! I loooove your recipes and photographs, everything just looks so beautiful and healthy…
    Can I ask you what camera you’re using? And do you have some tips to improve my pictures? I would be really grateful!

    • says

      Thank you, Silke! I use an old Nikon D80 and either the 35mm f1.8 lens or the 50mm f1.8 lens. I’m actually working on an FAQ page with tips, so check back for that link soon.

  9. Melissa Perry says

    I’m planning on making this tonight, but how many soba noodles are we talking here? I got a huge package at an Asian market, and I don’t think its the type of package you call for. Three of the 1″ bundles? One bundle?
    I’ve made a couple other recipes from your blog and they are great! So happy to have found a wonderful source for veggie dishes.

    • says

      Great question, Melissa. I believe that I used about an 8 ounce package of noodles for this dish, but it’s been awhile. If you want to make the dish more vegetable-focused and less noodle-y, I think two bundles would be just right. Please let me know how it turns out for you!

  10. Talia says

    I was looking for a way to use my package of soba noodles and fell in love with this peanut-butter twist on some sharp Asian flavors. Thanks!

  11. Angie says

    Looks so good! Can you tell me where you buy 100% buckwheat soba noodles? Not sure why I’m having such a hard time finding them.

    • says

      Hey Angie, I’m sorry you’re having trouble! I know Eden Foods and a couple other brands make 100% buckwheat soba noodles, but I can’t say I’ve seen them in stores. You could substitute a firm gluten-free spaghetti, like maybe quinoa pasta, if you’d like. It just won’t taste quite the same.

  12. Linda Lunney says

    Can I use regular rice wine vinegar . . I’ve never heard of brown rice vinegar . . sounds delicious.

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