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Gluten Free Stir Fried Soba Noodles With Pesto

A gluten free soba noodles stir fry with basil pesto that is simple, fresh and full of flavor plus comes together in under 30 minutes. This gluten free soba noodle recipe is also dairy free and vegan friendly. The combination of buckwheat taste of the soba noodle, the creaminess of basil pesto and the crunch of stir fried veggies like bok choy and asparagus makes a delicious week night dish.

Easy gluten free soba noodles stir fry with basil pesto - simple, quick and can be served hot or cold, it’s healthy and full of flavor plus comes together in under 30 minutes.

This gluten free soba noodle recipe is a great way to use up leftovers, basically any vegetables that sat for too long in the fridge or a sauce that needs to be used. And the gluten free buckwheat pasta delivers that filling protein that provides satiation.

Gluten Free Stir Fried Soba Noodles With Pesto

Vegan Gluten Free Soba Noodles Stir Fry With Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce.

Related: Soft Gluten Free Buckwheat Bread (GF, DF)

This recipe calls for gluten free buckwheat soba noodles. The noodles and vegetables only take about 8-9 minutes to cook and the pesto can be made in advance. Or to make a very quick gluten free soba noodle recipe, you can swap the pesto recipe below for a store-bought version.

And if you end up with extra gluten free buckwheat soba noodles you could enjoy them with this Swedish meatball recipe and dairy free sauce or with pan seared scallops in a dairy free cream sauce.

Ingredients You Need For Vegetable Stir Fry

  • Gluten free buckwheat soba noodles or other gluten free pasta you prefer.
  • Asparagus – chopped into thirds.
  • Bok choy (Chinese white cabbage) – use baby bok choy or mature stalks (but they’ll need to be chopped into smaller pieces). 
  • Bell pepper – cut into strips, use any color you like.
  • Onion – white or red, thinly sliced.
  • Garlic – thinly sliced.
  • Seasonings – salt and pepper.
  • Oil for frying – choose a high heat resistant oil.
Ingredients for making gluten free soba noodle stir fry.
Vegetables needed for stir fried soba noodles.

For Basil Pesto You Need

  • Fresh basil leaves – mix with other herbs if you like.
  • Parsley – optional as a second herb, if you don’t have a lot of basil.
  • Walnuts – swap out for any nut of your choice or make nut free pesto by using pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.
  • Garlic – for flavor, it livens up the pesto with aromatics.
  • Lemon juice – the acidity brighten up the flavor without adding more salt.
  • Avocado – as a fat substitution if you don’t want to use oil.

Find the complete printable recipe with measurements below.

Ingredients for making pesto soba noodles - avocado, walnuts, parsley, lemon, garlic, maple syrup and sea salt.
Ingredients for making pesto soba noodles.

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How To Make A Stir Fry With Soba Noodles

You’ll use your largest sauté pan for this stir fried soba noodle recipe. At least 10″ pan, but preferably larger, so that the ingredients aren’t too crowded. But before you get to frying, you need to make the pesto sauce.

Step 1. First make the pesto sauce:

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until fairly smooth.
Pesto for soba noodles made with avocado, walnuts, parsley, lemon, garlic, maple syrup and sea salt blended in a food processor.
Pesto for soba noodles.

Step 3. Cook the soba noodles:

  • Cook the gluten free soba noodles according to package directions while you pull the rest of the ingredients together.
  • if you don’t want mushy noodles, once the gluten free soba noodles are ready, make sure to rinse them with cold water.
  • You don’t need to add salt to the noodles, they will soak up the pesto and infuse them with flavor.
How to make / cook gluten free soba noodles.
How to make / cook buckwheat soba noodles.

Step 3. Prepare and cook the vegetables:

  • Before turning on the stove, be sure to have all your veggies and the pesto prepped and ready to go, as this gluten free soba stir fry comes together fast! 
  • So chop the veggies and start cooking the onion and garlic first, then add the bell pepper and at last the green vegetables, they will need just a minute or two until they’re ready.
  • Season to taste with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
Mixing soba stir fry with bock choy, asparagus, bell pepper and onion.
Mixing soba stir fry with bock choy, asparagus, bell pepper and onion.

Step 4. Combine the soba noodles with stir fried vegetables:

  • Add the stir fried veggies, to the cooked noodles, mix together and serve into bowls. Drizzle the pesto on top or mix in.
Gluten free buckwheat soba noodles recipe with vegetable stir fry finished with pesto sauce.
Gluten free stir fry soba noodles finished with pesto sauce.

Tips for Making the Perfect Vegetable Stir-Fry

  • For best results use a large pan, I usually use a stainless steel or non-stick ceramic frying pan in order to avoid a toxic coating.
  • Before dropping the veggies (by the way you can use any other veggies you like) you must have an extremely hot sauté pan. Then, add some oil. Use a neutral-flavored high-heat resistant oil to prevent smoking.
  • Things like onions, garlic and bell peppers can go in early. Leafy vegetables should go in at the end if you want them to retain their crisp texture and retain their bright colors.

Soba Noodle Recipe Variations And Add-ins

  • Add more flavor boosters: fresh ginger, sliced green onions, vinegar, sesame oil etc.
  • If you don’t have bok choy, you can use broccolini, cauliflower, greens beans or some kale.
  • Use other sauces to dress up the finished soba noodle bowls.
Recipe for buckwheat noodles with fried vegetables and basil pesto sauce with avocado.

Storing Stir Fried Soba Noodles

  • Storing leftovers: it will not be as good as it was the day you made it, but it should be good for about 2 days (if you have cooked leafy vegetables) otherwise – 4 days.
  • Reheating: Place it in a small pot or skillet that has tight fitting lid and heat covered on low with a splash of water or broth, until heated through. Basically, steam it.

Gluten-Free Soba Noodles FAQs

What Soba Noodles Are Made Of?

Soba noodles are made from 100 percent buckwheat flour, but sometimes it’s combined with wheat flour.

Are soba noodles vegan?

Yes. Soba noodles are vegan if they’re made with just flour and water.

Are soba noodles gluten-free?

The authentic soba noodles are gluten-free as they are made entirely of buckwheat flour. But there are also brands that combine buckwheat with wheat in order to make them less brittle, so pay attention to ingredients they might not be gluten free. If you’re a worried about cross contamination during production then choose a brand that has gluten free certified soba noodles.

Which brands of soba noodles are gluten-free?

These are the most popular brands of gluten-free soba noodles:
King Soba, King Soba Buckwheat Ramen, Muso Japanese Noodles,and Eden Organic.

Are soba noodles healthier than pasta?

Generally they have a richer nutritional profile than regular pasta, but they are still high in carbs. If you’re trying to avoid carbohydrates, soba noodles may not a be a good choice.

Are soba noodles better than brown rice?

Since soba noodles are mostly made of buckwheat, then you should know that generally buckwheat has 186% more dietary fiber than white rice, 74% more protein, also more vitamins and minerals. Calories and carbohydrate amount doesn’t vary much.

How do you cook soba noodles so they don’t stick?

First, don’t overcook the soba noodles and once they’re done, give them a quick rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and lastly drizzle with a little bit of oil of your choice and gently stir to coat.

Soba Noodles vs Udon Noodles

Udon noodle is a thick Japanese noodle made with all-purpose flour, salt, and water, while soba noodles are thinner and made of buckwheat flour and water only, which makes them healthier.

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Gluten free buckwheat soba noodles stir fry recipe.
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Vegetable Stir Fry With Gluten Free Soba Noodles Recipe + Pesto (Vegan)

A gluten free soba noodles stir fry with basil pesto that is simple, fresh and full of flavor plus comes together in under 30 minutes. This gluten free soba noodle recipe is also dairy free and vegan friendly. The combination of buckwheat taste of the soba noodle, the creaminess of basil pesto and the crunch of stir fried veggies like bok choy and asparagus makes a delicious week night dish.
Prep Time18 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 2 or 3 people
Calories: 194kcal
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Ingredients
 

Vegetable Stir Fry

  • gluten free buckwheat soba noodles - 8oz package
  • 10 spears asparagus - trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 1 large red bell pepper - cut into strips
  • 2 heads baby bok choy
  • 1/2 large onion - thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil - for frying

Basil Pesto Sauce

  • 2 large handfuls of fresh basil leaves - about 1 oz
  • 1 handful of parsley - optional
  • 1 cup walnuts - or other nuts / seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 avocado - as oil substitution
  • 1 lemon - the juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup - optional
  • 1/3 cup filtered water - to thin out the sauce.

Instructions
 

Make The Basil Pesto Sauce

  • Add all ingredients in a food processor and blending until fairly smooth. Occasionally stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor.

Cook The Gluten Free Soba Noodles

  • Cook the gluten free soba noodles according to package directions while you pull the rest of the ingredients together. Once the gluten free soba noodles are ready, make sure to rinse and cold water if you don’t want mushy noodles.
    You don’t need to add salt to the noodles, they will soak up the pesto and infuse them with flavor.

Fry The Vegetables

  • While the soba noodles are cooking, chop the veggies and start cooking the onion and garlic first, then add the bell pepper and at last the green vegetables, they will need just a minute or two until they’re ready.
    Season to taste with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

Assemble The Dish

  • Then add to the stir fried veggies to the soba noodles, mix together and serve into bowls. Drizzle the pesto on top or mix in together with veggies.

Notes

Tips for Making the Perfect Stir-Fry With Soba Noodles

  • For best results use a large pan, I usually use a stainless steel or non-stick ceramic frying pan in order to avoid a toxic coating.
  • Before dropping the veggies (by the way you can use any other veggies you like) you must have an extremely hot sauté pan. Then, add some oil. Use a neutral-flavored high-heat resistant oil to prevent smoking.
  • Things like onions, garlic and bell peppers can go in early. Leafy vegetables should go in at the end if you want them to retain their crisp texture and retain their bright colors.
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Nutrition

Serving: 0.3portion | Calories: 194kcal

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.

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Recipe Rating




Magha

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

I absolutely enjoyed these stir fried buckwheat soba noodles, the basil pesto makes them so unique!

HealthyTasteOfLife

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Thank you I hope you make them again soon!