Vegetarian Udon Noodles

Vegetarian Udon Noodles

While perusing my cabinets and finding more of those lovely and delicious udon noodles, found a favorite recipe of mine (yes on http://www.tastespotting.com) and threw this quick and easy dish together. I didn’t have the chili oil, but have some wonderful sesame oil with this exquisite chili powder we picked up at the Asian market in San Francisco. I used about 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon and it was hardly spicy hot. So if you are looking for a little kick, go for half a teaspoon if you don’t have the original chili oil requirement.

Literally takes fifteen minutes to prepare. This would be great for a surprise last minute dinner guest.

Easy 15 min vegetarian meals

3 bundles udon noodles
1 large red bell pepper
1 cup frozen shelled edamame (I used frozen peas….worked great!)
2 cups chopped cabbage
3/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, (Used button mushies, worked great)
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 carrots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon sesame chili oil (Chinese chili, or even red pepper flakes, may also be used)
5 green onions, sliced in half lengthwise, and cut into 2-inch lengths, for garnishing

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the udon noodles according to the directions on the package. When the noodles are done cooking, drain them, rinse them thoroughly under cold water, and set them aside.

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage, mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, edamame, garlic, and ginger. Saute the vegetables until they become crisp tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the vegetable broth, soy sauce, and sesame chili oil. Continue cooking for another minute or so. Toss the udon noodles in the skillet until they are warmed through. Garnish with the green onions and serve.

This was even better the next day for lunch served cold. Sign of a great dish. The peas were a wonderful substitute but if you love edamame, like I do, make sure you include on your grocery list. Nowadays you can get them at any grocery store.

I wore my Napa favorite! Though my Asian would have been a pretty stylish act!

Bon Appetit!