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This soba noodle bowl is a quick and easy dinner recipe, perfect for weeknights! It’s a filling vegetarian meal full of healthy veggies.

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No one’s going to complain about more quick and easy recipes, right? This one the ultimate quick weeknight meal, a filling vegetarian dinner that comes together in 20 minutes flat. Meet this soba noodle bowl! It’s filled with stir fried broccoli, red pepper and onion, mix with a savory sauce with creamy peanut butter. Even better: eggs are scrambled right into the mix (like fried rice, but with noodles!). This healthy stir fry comes to you straight from our friend Rachel’s cookbook Just the Good Stuff. And it’s chock full of good stuff.

An even faster soba recipe: Try these Quick Soba Noodles!

Why to make this soba noodle bowl

This soba noodle bowl is more like an easy stir fry than a free-form noodle bowl with lots of veggie toppings. This makes it quicker and easier to put together than the type of noodle bowl that has lots of components. Here are some of the reasons it’s a candidate for your go-to list:

  • It takes 20 minutes. There’s no limit to the amount of easy dinner recipes you can have in your arsenal! The quick prep time makes it perfect for whipping up on a weeknight with limited ingredients.
  • The 2 ingredient sauce brings big flavor. The sauce here couldn’t be easier: just coconut aminos or soy sauce plus nut butter! We used peanut butter, but you could use almond butter or cashew butter. (All 3 link to our homemade versions!)
  • It’s a protein-filled vegetarian dinner. The best part of this recipe is the savory scrambled egg! It’s like the egg you’d scramble into fried rice, but with soba noodles. The egg plus nut butter makes for enough protein to make it a filling meal.
Just the good stuff

About the book: Just the Good Stuff

This soba noodle bowl is from Rachel Mansfield’s book Just the Good Stuff: a compilation of “guilt-free recipes to satisfy all your cravings.” Alex and I met Rachel speaking on a panel together at a conference, and she even more lovely in person than her Instagram self (if that’s possible!).

Like us, Rachel is passionate about eating real food and organic ingredients. The book is filled with gluten-free, Paleo-friendly recipes made with healthy ingredients: but you never feel like you’re giving anything up. If this recipe is any indication, this book is absolutely packed with flavor! (Note: it’s not vegetarian or vegan, but there are plenty of plant based options.)

Get it: Just the Good Stuff

Soba noodle bowl

Scale this soba noodle bowl as needed!

This soba noodle bowl can be made in any quantity. The original healthy noodle stir fry recipe is actually in the “Solo Meals” chapter of Just the Good Stuff: it was written as a recipe for one. But since we are most often cooking for 3 and all the recipes on this website are for 4, we increased the quantity. Plus, we love leftovers! We love cooking once and eating for a few days.

But if you’d rather: this makes a great single serving meal! Just divide the quantities by 4.

The skinny on soba noodles

What are soba noodles? Soba are thin Japanese buckwheat noodles. They’re often served in soups or chilled with a sauce: or in a noodle stir fry like this one! All buckwheat soba noodles are gluten-free, but some brands are made with wheat flour and buckwheat flour. Make sure to check the package if you eat gluten-free.

One note on soba noodle brands: Alex and I have found that every brand of soba is different! Some brands’ noodles are very thin and tend to break; we prefer soba brands that have a thicker noodle. Make sure to experiment a bit to find the soba you like.

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Variations on this soba noodle bowl

While we love this soba noodle bowl as is, there are plenty of ways to mix it up! Here are some ideas on ways to accessorize it:

  • Add shrimp. Cook up some garlic shrimp on the side and throw it on top!
  • Add tofu. Try our easy marinaded tofu or tofu scramble. Tofu scrambles are perfect as a vegan protein for quick weeknight meals!
  • Add more of your favorite veggies. Anything that would work in a stir fry works here: mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, snap peas, snow peas, zucchini, edamame, green onion, etc. For approximate cook times, go to Easy Vegetable Stir Fry.
  • Use rice noodles, zucchini noodles or squash noodles. For gluten-free, try any of these three noodle varieties. You can also try Roasted Spaghetti Squash or Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash.
  • For nut free, use sun butter. Sun butter is a good substitute for the nut butter.

This soba noodle bowl recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the egg.

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Soba noodle bowl

Easy Soba Noodle Bowl

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This soba noodle bowl is a quick and easy dinner recipe, perfect for weeknights! It’s a filling vegetarian meal full of healthy veggies.


  • 10 ounces soba noodles (or zucchini noodles)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion (1 cup chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (1 cup chopped)
  • 1 large head broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • ¼ cup nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter)
  • Sriracha hot sauce, to taste
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for the garnish


  1. Start a pot of water to boil. Boil the soba noodles according to the package instructions (it should take about 4 minutes). When it’s done, drain. Then rinse with cold water to wash away the starch, and drain again.
  2. While the starts to boil, mince the garlic. Chop the onion. Chop the pepper into 1-inch squares. Chop the broccoli into florets.
  3. While the noodles cook, heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger, onion, bell pepper, and broccoli. Cover the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until soften, about 6 minutes.
  4. Strain the soba noodles and add them to the vegetables in the skillet.
  5. Crack the eggs into the skillet and mix well, breaking up the yolk and white and cooking it into the vegetables and noodles.
  6. Once the egg starts the set, add the coconut aminos or soy sauce and peanut butter and mix well. Serve warm.


Reprinted with permission from Just The Good Stuff. Copyright © 2020 by Rachel Mansfield Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Jennifer Mitchell says:

    We love this recipe and have it in our regular rotation! It is delicious and so easy to make! Easy to customize if you have other veggies as well. Thank you!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad to hear that! :)

  2. Liz Strong says:

    I love your recipes!

    What can I substitute for the eggs in this recipe?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      You could crumble tofu.

  3. NC says:

    I follows directions but this came out kinda like blended mush. I think maybe I’ll wait to add the noodles until the end next time???

    1. CVR says:

      Same! It turned out very mushy and pasty.

  4. Pat Quandt says:

    I count on your recipes because they are fun to prepare and delicious! I especially love the soba noodle bowl- do you know its sodium content?

    Thank you!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! We don’t provide sodium in the nutritionals because it can vary SO much between brands. The noodles and the soy sauce you choose could make a huge difference in sodium levels. Thanks for making it!

  5. Dalana Potter says:

    I fully recommend using tahini in the sauce for the nut butter. It’s amazing! Thank you for this recipe. It’s definitely a go-to for a quick meal!