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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!


Sesame Udon Noodles

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Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • Cook noodles according to package directions (about 4 minutes), add the mushrooms to the noodles for the last two minutes of cooking.*
  • Drain the noodles. Toss with the remaining ingredients and serve.
  • * You can cook the noodles in chicken or vegetable broth for even more flavor


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1830mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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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