Somen with Broccoli, Butter and Soy

February 18, 2015

Author Notes: Butter and soy unexpected but brilliant combo! Add some broccoli, garlic and noodles and you have a wonderful dish.inpatskitchen

Makes: about 3 sides or two mains


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce, divided (2/1)
  • 3 to 4 cups small broccoli florets (thawed frozen florets work to....just take a little less time to cook)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 ounces Somen noodles (or other very thin wheat noodles)
In This Recipe


  1. Start boiling a pot of water for the noodles. They will only take a couple of minutes to cook.
  2. In a large saute pan with a lid, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Add the garlic and cook on low heat just until the garlic becomes fragrant. Stir in two tablespoons of soy sauce.
  3. Add the broccoli florets and pour the water over. Stir, cover and cook on medium heat just until the broccoli becomes crisp tender.
  4. Cook the noodles in the boiling pot of water while you're waiting on the broccoli Like I said, they will cook very quickly. Drain, saving a little of the cooking liquid.
  5. Stir the noodles into the broccoli along with the last tablespoon of butter and the last tablespoon of soy sauce. Add a little of the noodle cooking liquid to loosen everything up and serve right away.

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