Sesame Udon Noodles

Sometimes the best recipes are happy accidents.

When you think of Japanese udon noodles you probably picture them swimming in a bowl of flavorful broth. That's how this recipe started, but when my broth was done cooking it didn't have the oomph I really wanted.

Not wanting to dump in a ton of soy sauce or go pull out a bunch of additional ingredients to try and save it, I decided to remove the noodles from the broth, add a few simple ingredients to them, and voila, Sesame Udon Noodles were born. My kids adore wheat-based udon noodles because of their soft texture and thickness, and since they have a neutral taste, they can easily be jazzed up with a myriad different flavors.

Don't be afraid to add to this dish. Other foods you may have on hand, from grated carrots to cubed tofu to cooked shrimp, all compliment it beautifully. You can make it your own way and just watch it disappear.

I wish I had more accidents like this one!

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Sesame Udon Noodles (serves 4)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 4 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 1 9.5 ounce package udon noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • 1 cup cubed firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Preparation

1. Cook noodles according to package directions (about 4 minutes), add the mushrooms to the noodles for the last two minutes of cooking.*
2. Drain the noodles. Toss with the remaining ingredients and serve.

* You can cook the noodles in chicken or vegetable broth for even more flavor
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23 comments

  • Hnahk

    i was wondering where you bought the chopsticks pictured. are they kid friendly? thanks!

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    • Catherine

      Yes they are kid friendly! Here is a link: http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/B000I21JWS

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  • Rachel M.

    Are these the dry packaged noodles or the ones in the refrigerated section?

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    • Catherine

      Dry packaged!

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  • Jolene

    Oh I would really enjoy this dish...I'm vegetarian so its right up my ally but we can't keep soy or sesame in the house...my 2 yr olds BIGGEST allergens. That stinks! Enjoy it for me!

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  • Shannon

    Please, please, please research the dangers of soy. It is not fit for human consumption.

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    • Cheetahmom

      genetically modified soy is dangerous. make sure you get organic and non-gmo soy....then it okay in small ammounts...like a serving or two a week.

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    • Canada

      We use Braggs Liquid Aminos http://www.bragg.com/ which gives it similar flavour to soy sauce and healthier. I think I've seen Catherine use it in some of her recipes/videos.

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  • Monette

    I can put fresh cucumbers,bell peppers,carrots,cilantro etc.......... yum!

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  • Jennifer

    This looks so yummy and easy! Can't wait to try it :)

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  • Gaby

    LOVE THIS!! Looks like my kinda dinner

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  • Joyce

    These do not look like udon noodles at all. Udon is fat & round... not flat. Are these some other kind?

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    • Catherine

      This is what I use! http://www.hakubaku.com/content/view/51/73/

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  • Tonya Lafleur

    Seems like the perfect accident because it looks very yummy. Guess I'll have a hand at making noodles too. It is so much fun.

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  • sjgz314

    Just made this last night. Fabulous, quick dinner for a working mom. It was easy to throw together, barely took any time, completely healthy and we all loved it. Ok, maybe I loved it more than my son, but he ate it (which is all that counts). I added broccoli in with the mushrooms so we got in 2 veggies servings. Thanks so much for this one!

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  • Erica

    This meal is amazing. My 4 yr old daughter is in fact, at this moment, fork in hand eating mouthfuls from the pot I just finished. Thank you for such a delicious, EASY recipe. It makes \"crazy time\" in our house that much easier.

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  • Mary

    I love this quick and easy recipe! You can really use any vegetables that you have on hand. Thanks, Catherine, for sharing!

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  • Susan Hoy

    RECIPES SOUNDS SO GREAT AND LOOKS SO GOOD

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