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Plate of Tahini Soba Noodles with Tofu and Greens, Chopsticks Perched on the Side
Soba Noodles with Tahini Sauce, Broccoli Rabe and Ginger Black Pepper Braised Tofu
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Savory tofu is braised with a mixture of soy sauce, ginger and black pepper and served atop a bed of soba noodles with tahini sauce and tender broccoli rabe in this hearty Asian inspired meal.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 4
Author: Alissa
  • 8 oz. soba noodles
  • 1 medium bunch broccoli rabe about 1 ½ lbs. stems removes and coarsely chopped
For the Tahini Sauce
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • about ¼ cup water
For the Braised Tofu
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. extra firm tofu drained, pressed at least 15 minutes and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2-3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger
  • ½ tsp. freshly grated black pepper
For Serving
  • soy sauce
  • hot sauce
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook soba noodles according to package directions. 1 minute before cook time is up, add broccoli rabe to pot and stir well. Finish cooking and remove from heat. Drain in a large colander.
Make the Sauce
  1. Whisk tahini, lemon juice and soy sauce together in large bowl. Thin with water until thick but pourable.
Make the Braised Tofu
  1. Coat a large skillet with oil and place over medium heat. Add tofu cubes and cook about 10 minutes, flipping once or twice, until lightly browned in spots. Drizzle with soy sauce and sprinkle with ginger and pepper. Allow to cook another 2 minutes, flipping once to distribute the spices. Remove from heat.
  1. Transfer noodles and broccoli rabe back to pot. Stir in tahini sauce, adding a bit more water if needed to distribute. Divide onto plates and top with tofu. Serve with additional soy sauce and hot sauce.