Sometimes we have two sittings for weeknight dinners at our house, simply because the Mr isn’t home til late. Cooking two dinners is a bit of chore but I often cook his noodle soup, a favourite with my children, which only takes about 5 minutes. This gives more time to cook something more elaborate and spicy for the adults to eat later.
As long as you have the noodles and soup in the cupboard, you can make the rest with whatever fresh ingredients you have on hand. It’s a great stand by recipe to have at your fingertips.
Easy Noodle Soup
Organic soba noodles - I buy these from the supermarket. Each pack has three bundles of noodles and I use one bundle for two small children. I like soba noodles because they contain buckwheat flour which is very nutritious and has a lovely nutty flavour.
Vegetable stock – (I use Spiral Instant Dashi Blue which is made from seaweed and shitake mushrooms which you can pick up at the health food store. It seems pricey, about $12 a pack, but that will makes 20 serves of this soup). But you could use any of your favourite stock or stock cubes (I like the massel brand) but if you’re using cubes, just watch for saltiness.
1 cup of vegetables made up of broccoli florets, matchstick carrots, sugar snaps, sliced mushrooms, peas or whatever vegetables you have on hand.
A handful of diced tofu or sliced Chinese omelette
- Cook noodles as directed on pack, drain and divide between two serving bowls.
- Meanwhile, measure 2 cups of water (or stock) into a small saucepan, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer. Add ½ packet of dashi stock. Season to taste with a few drops of soy sauce. I might add a few slices of ginger and garlic for extra flavour to the broth and remove before serving.
- Add vegetables and tofu if using and simmer for up to a minute depending on the vegetables. They should stay crunchy.
- Check the seasoning again, adding more soy if required and some mirin and sesame oil. Divide the vegetables and tofu onto the noodles and pour soup over the top. Top with omelette strips. Allow the soup to cool a little before serving
- Best enjoyed with loud slurping noises.