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Sesame Noodles with Edamame and Kale

by Aggies Kitchen on December 18, 2012

Last week I picked up a new cookbook at my local Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale. Have any of you been to one of these? It’s a book lovers paradise, a warehouse filled with rows and rows of books of all kinds – all 50% off. Yes, this book nerd finds this extremely exciting.

Not only was I excited about the overwhelming amount of books in general, but I got pretty happy when I stumbled into the cookbook section. I had been eying this cookbook from The Mom 100 ever since it was featured on #SundaySupper a few months back. After having it in my hands for a few days already, I have to tell you – I’m glad I picked it up.

I made this for the kids and myself while my husband was away on business last week. I don’t usually cook up anything outside of our few ‘regular’ meals when it’s just the three of us, but I had been craving these sesame noodles since I laid eyes on them – and I was keeping my fingers crossed that the kids would eat them too.

Happy to report: we slurped them right up. Kale, edamame and all. My daughter even requested I pack them for her lunch the next day. Total winner!

Sesame Noodles with Edamame and Kale

A light and flavorful sesame noodle dish you and your family will enjoy. Recipe adapted from Katie Workman's The MOM 100 Cookbook


  • For the sauce:
  • 1 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons agave (or brown sugar)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (or any chili pepper sauce, adjust heat to your liking)
  • 2 tablespoons oil (peanut or canola oil)
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 cup reserved cooked pasta water
  • For the meal:
  • 1 12 oz package soba noodles (I used Annie Chun's - if you don't have or want soba, substitute any spaghetti or thin noodle)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced lacinato kale
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled edamame
  • sesame seeds, lightly toasted if desired


  1. To make the sauce, combine all ingredients (except water) in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Prepare your noodles. When ready, reserve 1 cup of pasta water and set aside to cool slightly. Place thinly sliced kale and edamame in a large colander in your sink. Pour pasta and water into colander. Doing this will wilt and "cook" the kale and edamame just enough for your noodles.
  3. Add the slightly cooled reserved pasta water to the sesame sauce and process until smooth. Place noodles, kale and edamame back into pot or into a large bowl and pour sesame sauce over noodles. Gently toss to combine. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if necessary.
  4. Serve at room temperature or chilled the next day.


The original recipe makes enough sauce for a 16oz package of pasta. I found myself with a little extra sauce for this recipe.

I think it goes without saying that all of our hearts are hurting for the Newtown community right now. There’s not much I can write or say that you aren’t feeling or thinking.

Do something nice for your family today. Cook them a good meal or put away their laundry with a happy heart. Smile at a stranger. Make eye contact and nod at the runner passing you on the trail. Say good morning to the cashier who’s probably over dealing with the general public this time of year. Make sure your children’s teachers know that you appreciate them. Acknowledge and thank everyone in your “village”.

Do something – anything – for another person that leaves them feeling just a tiny bit better. I truly truly believe that kindness is contagious. And that makes me feel better.

That’s all I’ve got. Have a great week friends, I appreciate you stopping by.


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Sandy @ RE December 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

I wish you’d cook lunch for me every day. LOL So healthy and appetizing. Thanks for the recipe, Aggie!


Angie December 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Your recipes always look so good and healthy!


Erica December 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Delish! I love sesame noodles. I’ve made several varieties and have loved them all. I book marked this version to try. Will have to do spinach instead of kale as the man is a kale hater!! Hope you all had a nice Hanukkah!!


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I love edamame!! :)


Bev @ Bev Cooks December 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

This is sooooo my thang.


Family Foodie December 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

aw…. I am so honored that you heard about this fabulous cookbook during #sundaysupper Aggie! I love edamame and can’t wait to try this fabulous recipe! You make everything look good!


Aggies Kitchen December 23, 2012 at 8:08 am

you are sweet Isabel, thank you! I remember when you featured the book I kept thinking – Oh, I would make that, that sounds good – at all of the posts. I’m truly loving the recipes in her book. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Heather (Heather's Dish) December 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Sesame + noodles = irresistible. Seriously, the moment I read the title I started drooling!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I am so freaking into this. Yum!


Paula - bell'alimento December 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Clearly I need to spend a little more time with sesame noodles ; )


JulieD December 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Looks so awesome, Aggie. I love that it has edamame and kale in it!


Cut `n Clean Greens December 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Love this! It looks so, so good, with the kale peeking out. We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on super healthy greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, escarole, dandelion and other green leafies.

–Your friendly Southern California farmers at Cut `n Clean Greens


Jen @ Savory Simple December 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

So many of my favorite things here!


Cassie | Bake Your Day December 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Oh my friend, you know I love this already. Sounds perfect!!


Alyssa (Everyday Maven) December 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Simple and healthy but delicious – my favorite combo!


Rachel Cooks December 19, 2012 at 7:28 am

Love this!!!!


Katie Workman December 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

Love the addition of kale and edamame! Great idea.


Aggies Kitchen December 23, 2012 at 8:06 am

I was craving greens :) And your sesame noodle recipe rocked! I can’t wait to make it again, especially with all your ideas from your book! Happy holidays!


Tara @ Unsophisticook December 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm

This is so pretty and sounds so flavorful! And I happen to love edamame and kale.


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles December 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Oooooo…I haven’t had soba noodles in so long. This looks like an awesome lunch for ME!!


Susan December 19, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Yes, please! So healthy and guilt-free … an anomaly at this time of year! Love the colors of the veg and the sauce flavours on this bowl of soba!


Stephanie@Henry Happened December 20, 2012 at 7:38 am

rice noodles would be great in this recipe! that have that amazing “Asian” texture that I love.


leslie December 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

Mmmm.this looks great Aggie! My kids would probably turn their noses up at the Kale. Brats!


Tina | My Life as a Mrs December 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

this looks delicious Aggie!


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies December 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I love everything about this–an easy, delicious, healthy dinner. With edamame and kale! This is totally going on my must-make list. :)


OrGreenic December 21, 2012 at 11:28 am

Its always great when you can get your kids to like something that is actually good for them. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Kerstin December 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

These definitely sound slurp worthy! And I love how hearty and healthy they sound.


claire @ the realistic nutritionist December 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

Oh I totally need this for my life right now Aggie!!


Kim | At Home With Kim December 28, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Umm, this looks SO good. And now (as dumb as this sounds) I’m super anxious to find out if Soba noodles have less points than traditional pasta? :) I am marking this to make next week. SOOOOO anxious to get back to meal planning and back on track!


Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) January 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

This looks like the perfect light and healthy start to the new year! Thanks for sharing!


Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

What a great way to start a healthy New Year.


The Peace Patch January 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

ohgoodgolly this looks fabulous! I love the combination of so many yumfully healthy foods…many thanks!


Suzy February 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I found this recipe on pinterest. I used almond butter, and thick pho noodles, and ate it warm off the stove. It was so tasty and delicious! I ate it cold from the fridge as lunch the next day and it was equally wonderful. This is one of my new favorites recipes! Thank you!


Aggies Kitchen February 21, 2013 at 7:33 am

I love that you used almond butter and thick noodles, sounds delicious! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know, happy you found recipe and enjoyed it!


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