March 11th is National Eat Your Noodles Day but if you’re like us, you don’t need a lot of persuading to sit down to a bowl of noodles. Everyone loves noodles, and with so many different varieties, there’s something out these for everyone. There are regular noodles, protein-enriched whole-wheat noodles, gluten-free noodles, and grain-free noodles. There are noodles made from beans, rice, yams, sweet potatoes, kelp, and pretty much any vegetable you can think of. Check out these 7 Wheat-Free Noodle Options to Use in Your Favorite Dishes.
Noodles are also versatile, with so many ways to cook with them. Noodles can be boiled, fried, put into soups, salads or covered with a delicious, flavorful sauce. Read how to Dress Up Your Noodles Using These Tips For Quick and Flavorful Homemade Sauces and you’ll never reach for a pre-mixed box of flavored noodles again! You’ll also want to try these 7 Variations on Pasta Sauce for a change from the usual sauces you eat.
If you need recipes, look no further. You’ll love these 21 Pasta Dishes that are Dairy-Free and Delicious, these Amazing Vegan Noodle Dishes, and 15 Veggie Noodle Dishes You’ll Love. Then, get your napkins ready because we have 20 sensational, slurpable noodle dishes no one will have to tell you twice to eat.
1. Chilled Udon Noodles with Wasabi Avocado Dressing
These Chilled Udon Noodles with Wasabi Avocado Dressing are a refreshing way to enjoy a salad. It pairs cooling cucumber, beets, and carrots with thick and fluffy udon noodles. It’s then topped with a creamy and spicy avocado and wasabi dressing that complements the cold dish. Bring this noodle salad to work, or enjoy it at home with a side of miso soup for a light and satisfying meal.
2. Stir-Fried Vermicelli Noodles
If you want an easy and satisfying meal that fits into your busy week, look no further than these Stir-Fried Vermicelli Noodles. The noodles are stir-fried with mushrooms, peppers, snow peas, and tofu for a variety of contrasting flavors and textures. Topped with sesame seeds for an extra nutty flavor, this simple meal is perfect for the whole family.
3. Pancit: Filipino One-Pan Noodles
Pancit, the Filipino word for “noodles,” is a stir-fry dish that can be made with any variety of noodles. Here, rice noodles are stir-fried with fresh vegetables and tofu. As they cook, they’re seasoned with tamari, fresh ginger, and vegetable broth until fragrant and flavorful. This simple dish makes a great dinner on those busy weeknights.
4. Roasted Bell Pepper Sesame Soba
This Roasted Bell Pepper Sesame Soba bowl has soba noodles are served in a savory homemade mushroom broth that’s infused with roasted red bell pepper sauce, and then topped with an assortment of vegetables and fresh herbs. This noodle dish is big on flavor — it’s a little spicy, a little savory, and a bit umami. Serve this soup hot on a cold winter’s day to help fight the cold.
5. Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry with Vegetables
This Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry with Vegetables is a delicious dish you’ll want to make again and again. Whole wheat pasta and vegetables are stir-fried in a creamy, spicy peanut sauce to create a meal that’s both satisfying and flavorful. This simple stir-fry comes together quickly, so you can even make happen even on your busiest days.
6. Korean Peanut Noodles with Vegetables and Tofu
These Korean Peanut Noodles with Vegetables and Tofu are super quick, yet super flavorful. This dish has so many flavors, tastes, and textures; it’s spicy, creamy, and a little bit sweet. The peanut sauce makes the noodles and pan-fried tofu truly devour-worthy. The dish includes also a healthy amount of carrots, red bell peppers, and kale that bring some lightness and crunch to every portion.
7. Soba Noodle Bowl with Fermented Beans and Shiitake
This Soba Noodle Bowl with Fermented Beans and Shiitake is going to blow you away. Soba noodles are just the start of this bowl filled with umami flavors and ingredients. There’s crisp, spiralized daikon radish, nori, shiitake mushrooms, and a miso dressing. If you’ve never had natto, Japanese fermented beans, this is your chance to try something new and delicious.
8. Thai Red Curry with Soba Noodles and Sautéed Shimeji Mushrooms
Everyone loves a big bowl full of noodles, and why not? They’re filling, comforting, and, of course, delicious. This Thai Red Curry with Soba Noodles and Sautéed Shimeji Mushrooms starts with creamy coconut milk curry that’s used as a base for soba noodles, with plenty of mushrooms and flavorful vegetables. This dish is versatile, so it’s easily turned either into a hot, dinner-style bowl or a light soba salad bowl — it all depends on whether or not you want to go heavy or light on the vegetables.
9. Sichuan Sesame Shirataki Noodles and Cucumber Salad
This Sichuan Sesame Shirataki Noodles and Cucumber Salad looks like something you’d be served at a fancy spa retreat but no worries, you can make it at home. Shirataki noodles are clear, chewy noodles made from the konjac yam, and they’re amazing in recipes inspired by East Asian cuisine. In this recipe, these noodles take center stage, served with a dressing filled with savory umami flavor. Relax and enjoy; be one with the bowl.
10. You Po Mian (Chinese Hot Oil Noodles)
If you’ve got ten minutes, you’ve got a delicious dinner ahead of you. This You Po Mian is a robust and spicy noodle dish full of the authentic flavors of Chinese cuisine. The traditional version of this dish uses wheat noodles, however, by using rice noodles, it becomes both lighter and gluten-free. Making this dish will be the best ten minutes you’ll ever spend, except for the minutes you spend eating it.
11. Vegetable Udon Stir-Fry with Spicy Sauce
This spicy Vegetable Udon Stir-Fry with Spicy Sauce done in under 30 minutes, so it’s a perfect weekday dinner. Broccoli and carrots give it some crunch while black-eyed peas and tofu add a boost of protein. You can make the Sriracha-based sauce as spicy as you want, or not.
12. Savory Mushroom and Vegetable Ramen Soup
Nothing is as comforting as noodle soup, and this Savory Mushroom and Vegetable Ramen Soup is proof of that. This savory noodle soup is chock-full of fresh vegetables and mushrooms, with no short supply of noodles. This quick meal is exactly what you need on chilly days! It can be made spicy to your liking, or seasoned with tamari, for some extra umami flavor.
13. Carrot and Soba Noodles with Sea Vegetables
This Carrot and Soba Noodles with Sea Vegetables is the perfect dish for when you want to try something new but also need to prepare it quickly. Soba noodles, carrots, tempeh, and dried hijiki are tossed with a simple three-ingredient sauce that isn’t lacking in flavor. This quick and easy dish will satisfy your umami cravings and keep you full.
14. Shirataki Pad Thai
Instead of the traditional rice noodles, shirataki noodles are used in this Shirataki Pad Thai. They add a chewy texture to this dish that also features tofu, bean sprouts, peanuts, and lots of bold, spicy flavors. Peanut butter, brown sugar, tamarind, and mushroom broth come together to make a sauce that will have you craving this dish all the time.
15. Japanese Pan Noodles with Healthier Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
These Japanese Pan Noodles with a Healthier Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is a filling noodle stir-fry, packed with a variety of flavorful veggies, tofu, and udon noodles. The homemade teriyaki sauce is really something else. Sweet and tangy from fresh orange and pineapple juice, it’s a new healthier spin on tradition.
16. Chili Lime Thai Noodle Bowl
This Chili Lime Thai Noodle Bowl is one of those super easy weeknight meal dinners. As the noodles are cooking, you prepare the vegetables, and everything is ready around the same time. Mix it all together in a bowl and dinner is served. The lip-smacking combination of chili and lime plus the fresh veggies will have you coming back for more.
17. Miso Ramen Bowl with Tellicherry Black Pepper Tofu
When you’re craving something rich and savory, make this Miso Ramen Bowl with Tellicherry Black Pepper Tofu. The combination of miso and dried shiitakes adds tons of umami while the addition of Tellicherry black pepper tofu gives it spicy kick. Perfectly balanced with miso-glazed bok choy and lightly sautéed, delicate shimeij mushrooms, this ramen will have you wanting more even before you’ve slurped up your last noodle.
18. Mexican Noodle Soup
You know those days where you just can’t seem to get warm, no matter how many sweaters you bundle yourself in? This hearty, spicy Mexican Noodle Soup will come to your rescue. It’s packed with cabbage, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and rice noodles, plus plenty of bold Mexican spices. This is a super-fast, easy to make, perfectly slurpable soup.
19. Udon Noodle Salad Jars
Need a fresh idea to spice up your lunch game? Ditch the brown bag sandwich and try this Udon Noodle Salad that comes in a jar! Chewy udon noodles, crisp veggies, and creamy tahini dressing will have your mouth watering before you even dig in. This is a great and easy lunch to pack and take to work, school, or even on a picnic.
20. Cold Udon Noodles with Spicy Bibimbap Sauce
Bibimbap is a beloved Korean dish that is a delicious and filling meal. This recipe for Cold Udon Noodles with Spicy Bibimbap Sauce pays it homage. The traditional rice is replaced with chilled udon noodles, and the already quite flavorful gochujang paste is amped up even more with the addition of fresh garlic and sesame oil. Baked tempeh gives this bowl a boost of plant-based protein, and of course, no Korean-inspired recipe is complete without a healthy portion of kimchi!
There’s no end to all the different flavor profiles and ways to cook with noodles. Try these recipes and you’ll be enjoying oodles of noodle dishes without anyone having to tell you to eat your noodles.
Lead image source: Roasted Bell Pepper Sesame Soba