Asian-inspired Pesto with Soba Noodles

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recipe by Octopus Publishing https://octopusbooks.co.uk/

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    14mins
  • Serves icon
    Serves
    4
  • Calories icon
    Calories
    386

An twist on a classic pesto with common Asian flavors. This bright and fresh pesto is delicious stirred through noodles, or served with grilled chicken.

recipe updated Oct 8, 2019

Ingredients

  • Fresh chili icon
    Fresh chili
    2 (40g)
  • Ginger icon
    Ginger
    2 tsp (4g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    1
  • Water icon
    Water
    as needed
  • Salt icon
    Salt
    as needed
  • Soba noodles icon
    Soba noodles
    350g (about 1¼ cups)
  • Lemongrass stalk icon
    Lemongrass stalk
    2 (24g)
  • Lime zest icon
    Lime zest
    1 (11g)
  • Lime juice icon
    Lime juice
    1 (30g)
  • Cilantro icon
    Cilantro
    50g (about 1¾ cups)
  • Fresh basil icon
    Fresh basil
    25g (about ½ cup)
  • Peanuts icon
    Peanuts
    50g (about 5½ tbsp)
  • Peanut oil icon
    Peanut oil
    6 tbsp (89ml)
  • Fish sauce icon
    Fish sauce
    2 tsp (10ml)
  • Lime icon
    Lime
    as needed

Tools

  • kCook icon Spatula
  • kCook icon Food processor
  • kCook icon Work surface
  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl
  • kCook icon Food processor bowl

Step preview

  1. Add water and salt to a clean large saucepan
  2. Boil
  3. Add soba noodles to the noodles
  4. Cook until al dente - 5 min
  5. Drain
  6. Return
  7. Add lemongrass stalk, fresh chili, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, fresh basil, ginger, garlic clove and peanuts to a clean food processor bowl
  8. Blend until mixture comes together
  9. Scrape
  10. Add peanut oil and fish sauce to the sauce while machine is running
  11. Stir sauce into noodles
  12. Transfer noodles to 4 large serving bowls
  13. Garnish with lime
  14. Serve immediately
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