Simple Soba Soup
A storm has moved into town and what could be more comforting on a cold day than homemade soup. I was watching Will & Grace reruns (Season 6 Episode 12) where Grace obsesses over soba noodles and I decided I wanted to make my own soba noodles and a simple soba soup. Start to finish I had these noodles and the soup made in an hour.
I took this recipe from Saveur but cheated a bit in that I used a stand mixer to knead the dough and a pasta roller to roll and cut the noodles. Made of mostly buckwheat flour and a little all-purpose flour this dough was SO easy to work with. I only used about a third of these noodles in the soup so the rest I dried out on the countertop for about 8 hours before storing in a plastic bag and freezing.
When looking at the history of the soba noodle, which originated in Japan in the 1600s, I discovered that soba noodles were a solution to thiamine deficiencies in Tokyo due to excessive white rice consumption.
Simple Soba Soup
Yield 2-3 servings
For the noodles...
10 oz. buckwheat flour
2.5 oz. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. warm water
several tablespoons of arrowroot flour (for dusting the noodles)
For the soup...
8 c. broth (I used homemade lamb broth)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced thinly (I used a mandolin set on 2)
2 big handfuls of fresh soba noodles
To make the noodles...
- Combine the flours and water in a stand mixer and using the kneading hook, mix and then knead the dough for about 5 minutes. While the dough is kneading in the stand mixer, I set up my pasta roller (Imperia).
- Form the dough into a ball and roll out on a board to about 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut the dough into four portions and dust with the arrowroot flour to prevent the noodles from sticking together when cut.
- Roll each portion through the rolling part of the pasta roller first set at #1 and work up to #4.
- Then place the rolled dough in the tagliolini size cutter.
- Place the cut pasta on a plate and dust with a little more arrowroot flour and toss.
- Repeat the process with all of the dough.
To make the soup...
- Bring the broth to a boil in small pot and add the cut carrots.
- Bring to a rolling boil again and add the handfuls of noodles.
- Once the noodles are added, I boiled the soup for about 3 minutes, removed from the heat and served immediately.
Spread the remaining noodles out on 2 large platters and dry for about 8 hours. Once dried out, store the noodles in an airtight plastic bag and freeze until ready to add to more hot broth.
Courses lunch, dinner
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