Recipe: Soba Noodles with Broccoli and Black Beans

December 14, 2011 in Life

Thanks to Toronto’s Fresh City Farms, we’re able to share this delicious and healthy quick 30-minute recipe! Between the soba, broccoli, and black beans, you’ve got your carbs, veggies, and protein covered. Feel free to add in any other vegetables you’ve got – kale, carrots, red peppers – just reduce the broccoli and mushrooms slightly so that there’s enough of this delicious sauce to coat the noodles. If you’ve still got some daikon radish lying about, then slice it up into ¼ inch thick rounds or half-moons and add them at the very last minute.



  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar (or 1 tbsp white vinegar with 1 tsp sugar)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head broccoli, rinsed
  • 1½ cups cooked or 1 can (14 oz) black beans
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or water
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup finely chopped coriander
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 8 oz soba noodles
  • Optional garnishes: cilantro, toasted sesame seeds, cashews, lime wedges


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook garlic and onions for 5 minutes or until soft.
  2. Stir in mushrooms, vinegar, cumin, ½ tsp of the salt, and pepper; cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Fill bottom of a steamer pot with two inches of water. While waiting for the water to come to a boil, cut the broccoli into florets, pull off the leaves, and trim the stem in to pieces. Steam the stems for 2 minutes before adding the florets and leaves.  Steam for 5 more minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  5. Reduce heat on the onions and mushrooms and stir in tahini, coriander, lemon/lime juice, and remaining salt.
  6. Add noodles to the boiling water and cook until tender (5 minutes or as per package instructions). Drain and toss with the vegetables.
  7. Garnish with some chopped cilantro, sesame seeds, cashews, and lime wedges.

Serves 6.

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