15-Minute Meal: Spicy Buckwheat Noodle Bowl

mbg Contributor By Leah Vanderveldt
mbg Contributor
Leah Vanderveldt is an author living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s in communications and media from Fordham University, and is certified in culinary nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute. She is the author of two cookbooks: The New Nourishing and The New Porridge.

My perfect weeknight meal is packed with vegetables and whole foods, fills me up, and tastes delicious. 15-Minute Meals are all about feeding yourself well with minimal effort.

Quick, tasty, and comforting, this bowl is exactly what I want at the end of a long day. It's just the right combo of savory, spicy, and healthy.

I like to look out for 100 percent buckwheat noodles, as they have the most protein and are gluten-free, but there are plenty of different types of noodles you can play around with if you want to switch it up.

Spicy Soba Noodle Bowl

Serves 2


  • 4 ounces buckwheat soba noodles
  • 1 small head of broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled with julienne peeler or spiralized
  • 3 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Ingredients for the sauce

  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha or other hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger


1. Boil water for noodles (I boil mine in an electric kettle first, as it takes less time). Pour boiling water in a medium pot over high heat. Add broccoli and a good pinch of salt to the pot and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until cooked through. Remove from pot with a slotted spoon (leaving the boiling water), and set aside.

2. Add noodles to the same pot of boiling water. Cook noodles according to package instructions. (They usually take 3 to 10 minutes.) Add thawed edamame to the boiling noodle pot in the last minute of cooking.

3. Meanwhile, whisk sauce ingredients together in a medium-to-large bowl. Prepare carrots with julienne peeler.

4. When noodles and edamame are done, drain and toss them in the bowl with sauce. Add broccoli, carrots, and scallions, and toss until everything is well-coated in sauce. Portion into two bowls and top with sesame seeds.

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