Homemade Soba Noodles – an easy way to make your own soba noodles using food processor and pasta machine.
I don’t know about you, but where I live, soba noodles are very expensive. I researched a bit to find a way to make Homemade Soba Noodles.
The trouble with buckwheat flour is that it doesn’t contain any gluten, so soba noodles are very fragile and cannot hold their shape. That is why it is necessary to add some all-purpose flour in order to develop some gluten. The aroma of cooked noodles will still be pleasant and nutty.
The other thing to have in mind is the way of cutting noodles. Japanese soba masters are so skilled that they can hand roll the noodles and cut them with a knife. I find it too hard, so I used pasta machine to do the job. Roll the dough several times on the pasta roller machine. Don’t roll it too thin, like you would for other types of pasta. If you are making thin noodles, cut the them the same thickness as width. I have a pasta machine with only two attachments for cutting – a very thin one for soup noodles, and a wide one for tagliatelle (fettuccine). If your pasta machine has another attachment that is somewhere in between those two widths, that would be ideal. Soup noodle width is maybe a little bit too thin, so noodles can break during cooking. For beginners, it would probably be the best to use wider noodle cutter and make “soba fettuccine”.
Homemade Soba Noodles cook quickly, in about 1-2 minutes. Toss them with your favorite dressing for a healthy and satisfying meal.
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup – 1/3 hot water
- semolina flour for dusting
Put buckwheat flour, all-purpose flour and water in a food processor. Process to blend well until the dough is soft and smooth. If the dough is too crumbly, add a little more water. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. Of course, you can knead the dough without the food processor, by hand.
I roll the dough on the pasta roller machine. Flour the noodle sheets and cut. Give noodles a dusting of flour so they don’t stick together. Let them dry on a flat surface.
Cook the soba in salty boiling water for about 1 minute. Drain them and rinse them under cool water immediately.
Soba Noodle Dressing (for 1 person):
1 tsp sesame oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 minced fresh ginger or a dash of ground ginger
1/2 – 1 tsp peanut butter
red pepper flakes
- Heat sesame oil in a pan, add minced garlic and fry shortly. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
- Add peanut butter and stir until it melts.
- Toss cooked soba noodles with this dressing and serve sprinkled with red pepper flakes. You can add some vinegar to turn it into a salad dressing.