This was one of the very first 101 Cookbooks recipes I tried back before I was a food blogger myself. I've made it many a time during some scary bare bones moments, but I also like to make it when I'm looking to have a flavorful, nutritious dinner that takes about 2.5 seconds to make. Like many of you, I'm a very busy bee, so it's nice to have simple recipes to fall back on when you are too pressed for time to make anything too elaborate. This dish is part of that repertoire.
That's the core of PGEW, and I take great pride in making simplest ingredients into something sexy, a lot of times it's because that's all I have to eat. It's nice to see that even a pro like Heidi, who has access to some of the finer ingredients in life, will take the super-simple approach from time to time and make something like this noodle dish.
Did I happen to mention how ridiculously affordable it is? It comes out to just around $1 per serving, an absolutely incredible deal for such a hearty meal (hey, that rhymed...). Almost makes it taste even better than it already does. :)
Garlic-Parmesan Soba Noodles (makes 4-6 servings; total cost per serving: $1)
Adapted from Heidi Swanson's Garlic Soba Noodles recipe
1 8 oz. package dried soba noodles
8 oz. extra-firm tofu, sliced into 1" x 1" strips
2 T olive oil, divided
1 large bunch of spinach (chard or kale will also work), coarsely chopped
1/2 c chopped scallions
1 t + 1/2 t granulated garlic
1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 c grated Parmesan
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Cook the soba noodles according to package instructions. Drain well, drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and set aside.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil.
3. Add the tofu strips and stir fry quickly, sprinkling 1/2 teaspoon of granulated garlic and a generous pinch of parmesan about midway through the cooking process.
4. Remove from heat & set aside (blot with paper towel if needed)
5. In the same skillet add the remaining olive oil and the chopped fresh garlic. Cook until garlic just begins to brown and turn fragrant.
6. Add the spinach and cook for 30 seconds to a minute, until it just begins to wilt.
7. Add the soba noodles, granulated garlic, parmesan and scallions and toss together until combined. Remove from heat.
8. Place a generous amount of noodles on each plate or bowl, top with a few tofu strips, sprinkle with extra parmesan and some ground black pepper, and enjoy!