Soba Noodles with Edamame, Zucchini, and Spinach

By Maria Lichty

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Every Wednesday we go to the Sunflower Market and stock up on produce. It is our date night, I know we are nerds:) Wednesday is double ad day, so everything from the week before and the new week is on sale. That means tons of cheap and delicious produce! We load our cart and usually only spend $12. It is our magic number.

Last week zucchini was on sale for 88 cents a pound, such a bargain! I loaded the cart and probably got a little carried away. I’ve been trying to find ways to use it before it goes bad. I made pasta with zucchini, we grilled zucchini, and I made this amazing soba noodle dish.

Have you tried soba noodles? We love them. Soba noodles are thin Japanese noodles made with buckwheat and wheat flour. They can be served hot, cold, or in soup. This time we served them warm with an Asian sauce. We added in edamame, spinach, and our star ingredient, zucchini.

We loved this dish. Soba noodles aren’t heavy like some pastas can be. I loved the light Asian sauce and green vegetables too. It not only was a pretty dish, but a tasty one! I will be making this one again and again. I might even add tofu next time.

Soba Noodles with Edamame, Zucchini, and Spinach 

(Printable Recipe)

Low sodium soy sauce
Rice wine vinegar
Garlic Chile Paste

Soba noodles
1 T Sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 zucchini, chopped
½ cup shelled edamame
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
3 green onions, chopped
Black pepper, to taste
Sesame seeds
Extra green onions for garnish

1. First, make the sauce. In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients. I guessed on the measurments, so just make sure you taste as you go. Sorry we forget to measure sometimes.
2. Cook the soba noodles according to the package instructions. Drain them and set aside.
3. In a large skillet heat the sesame oil. Add in garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add in zucchini, edamame, spinach, and green onions. Cook until the zucchini is tender and the spinach is wilted.
4. Pour in the sacue. Stir well. Add black pepper, to taste.
5. Stir in the soba noodles. Let everytihng cook together for a couple of minutes.
6. Serve in a bowl. Add sesame seeds and green onions on top, if you wish.


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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Ah! I love fresh produce and it sounds like you're really getting some awesome deals. What a pretty dish- I haven't tried the soba noodles yet

  2. Mmmm, this looks yummy, light and healthy. I've never had Soba noodles before, but I've heard they're great.

  3. What a wonderful recipe, Maria. This looks fresh and healthy and uses my favorite soba noodles. That's an unbeatable combination.

  4. My kids LOVE edamame so we will have to try this one. Yes, we will see you in July, coming in on the 1st. So get your party started!

  5. The sauce sounds great. I'm always at a loss for creative ways to use my soba noodles. This is great! I've got everything but edamame in. I'll have to try it!

  6. I think that dish includes all of my favorite things! YUM! Definitely will need to try this one soon! 🙂

    P.S. I posted about your pb brownies yesterday – so delish!

  7. I wish we had someplace like the Sunflower Market here. It sounds great, and I think it would be a fun thing to do each week for date night! The dish looks fantastic!

  8. I do love Soba noodles. This is just one wonderful bowl of goodness!

    What a great date night! :0)

  9. Hey, if you're cooking dinner – I'll eat anything!! Everything on your site is so mouthwatering – and inspiring!!

  10. This is a great recipe for all the zucchini popping up in my garden. I love all the flavors here and your photos make my mouth water!

  11. That looks amazing! Do you ever read There's a recipe up now for Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini. Sounds tasty.

  12. Fresh produce can't be beat! Nor can Endamame beans! This sounds like a great dish! Thanks for sharing! (But $12 — really?? Wow!)

  13. It looks absolutely delicious !
    I know we would love this dish ~ so healthful and not heavy. Perfect for summer! Thank you so much for sharing. xo ~m.

  14. What a great dish! I made edamame hummus last night. I can eat soba noodles all day! 🙂

  15. I've been meaning to try making soba noodles. Can't wait to try with this recipe! I love the veggies you chose. Now if I could only figure out a way to get my husband to like zucchini…

  16. awesome date night, kids–we would be great friends. 🙂
    meanwhile, what a terrific dish–so much grean, but with such varying flavors and textures. exquisite. 🙂

  17. I adore edamame! I just posted a super recipe for a roasted edamame salad. No reason you couldn't throw some soba noodles in there too.

  18. What a nice idea for date night. Brad gets home so late, if we are doing date night in, it means that dinner should probably be on the table by the time he arrives (or else we would be eating when we should be in bed!). I like the addition of the sesame seeds – really pretty!

  19. Oh this is a great dish!! I'm a fan of Soba Noodles so this is just perfect for me to dive into – yum!

  20. Where is this place where you can stock up on produce for $12? The markets here in Columbus are so upscale that $12 only give me some asparagus and a lettuce head… I am jealous now! LOL

    Lovely dish, though. You really know how to use that cheap produce 😀

  21. Garlic chili paste! I am so totally sold 🙂 I'd sub regular wheat soba for the buckwheat, though– it takes some getting used to for me! 🙂

  22. I've already got some zucchini in the garden that is almost ready to be picked. I get so much every year that I run out of ways to use it. I'll be remembering this!

  23. What a great dish Maried. feel like digging in. Have never made soba noodles before, but this looks perfectly balanced.YUM!

  24. I'm the same way with my produce too, sometimes I get a little too much, and I have to get creative 🙂

    I like the addition of the squash with the noodles, colors always spice up a dish.

    And so pumped you're a beet fan. You're a cool cat Maria!

  25. I've never tried soba noodles, but this looks fabulous! I'm going to have to look for them. I'm so jealous that I am not close to this market… I'd have so much fun!

  26. I still haven't made it to Sunflower Market. I've got to get over there! This recipe looks delicious. I adore soba noodles and they make such a quick meal. I love to pair them with snap peas, red pepper, soy sauce, and cayenne pepper. Yum!

  27. This recipe sounds wonderful – just what I need after a long week of eating rich foods on vacation. I love all of the veggies with the soba noodles!

  28. i'm loving this especially since i'm trying to come down a few pounds. who doesn't love soy beans!!

    Bren @

  29. Nothing nerdy about a date night revolving around eating right! Plus it is so flipping cheap if you eat right.

    Still need to try soba noodles and definitely going to have to head to the co-op and look for them.

    Nicely done!

  30. This looks so good! This is almost exactly what I get when we go to my favorite Japanese restaurant!

  31. I wish we had a nice market like that around here. The dish looks amazing. I would love it!!!