Dinner Tonight: Soba with Parsley-Pea Pesto and Kale

June 14, 2016

Take a break from Italian-style pasta and have Japanese buckwheat soba noodles for dinner tonight. When the water gets boiling, these noodles cook in just few minutes. And since buckwheat contains no gluten, this recipe for Soba with Parsley-Pea Pesto a great excuse to invite a gluten-free friend over for dinner!

Many soba noodle recipes are served cold, and therefore, you can pack the leftovers of this soba salad—coated in a light parsley-pea pesto, with a slight crunch from the roughly chopped kale—for lunch and eat it straight from the office fridge.

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  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 bunch fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 lemon, tested and juiced
  • 4 cups frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 100 grams dried soba noodles

We're assuming you already have salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, but if not, add them to your list too!

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About 20 minutes before dinner, start a pot of water to boil and defrost the peas by placing them in a medium bowl with water and microwaving for 4 to 5 minutes on high. Stir the peas at the halfway point! When the water is at a rolling boil, add soba noodles and remove from the heat. Allow the noodles to sit in the water for 4 to 5 minutes, which will prevent the noodles from overcooking.

Drain peas, and add 2 cups of them to the bowl of a food processor with the parsley, lemon juice and zest, almonds, salt and pepper to taste, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Pulse a few times, then slowly pour in about 1/4 cup of olive oil, adding more depending on how thick you want the pesto.

Just before sitting down, drain the noodles, mix in the remaining peas and the chopped kale, and toss with the pesto.

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milkjam June 14, 2016
All of the soba noodles I have looked at have wheat flour in them. Eden foods makes a wheat free. If you are gluten-free, be careful.
Briana R. June 14, 2016
Yes some do have wheat flour, you just have to make sure it's 100% buckwheat to be gluten free!
PHIL June 14, 2016
Everyone in my family loves Soba noodles. great way to reduce the refined grains intake. We usually eat them Asian style but this is a great option thanks.
Briana R. June 14, 2016
It is a great a option isn't it! Who would have thought peas makes a good pesto!
PHIL June 14, 2016
never met a pesto I didn't like