As much as I love creamy pasta dishes like bechamel-rich lasagna, macaroni and cheese, and baked pastas, that combination of ultra-rich dairy and pasta is a ticking tummy time bomb, so I try to avoid it unless it’s really, truly worth it. Instead, I typically get my creamy noodle fix by tossing al dente strands with sauces made from non-dairy alternatives like cashew cream, almond butter, or, in this case avocado. It might sound a bit odd, but when blended up with miso, garlic, a touch of lime juice, and olive oil, avocado transforms into a rich vegan sauce. Paired with nutty soba noodles, ribbons of kale, and crunchy sesame seeds, it makes for a guilt-free, totally-craveable dinner option.
Worth noting: while this noodle dish is slightly tastier immediately after it’s all tossed together, leftovers make for a way-more-than-decent brown bag lunch, especially when spiked with a bit of hot sauce (I’m particular to angry lady sauce — see the recipe notes).
- Kosher salt
- 1 (8- or 9-ounce) package soba noodles
- 1 bunch of lacinato kale, stemmed and cut into ribbons
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 medium clove of garlic
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons white miso
- 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the soba noodles according to the package's instructions. Drain and cool to room temperature (to expedite this process, run under cool water or soak in a bowl of ice water for a few minutes).
- Add the kale and a generous pinch of salt to a large mixing bowl. Massage (scrunch the kale leaves in your hands) until the kale has softened a bit; this will take a few minutes.
- Pit and peel the avocado, cut it into large chunks and add to a food processor with the garlic, sesame oil, miso, soy sauce, and lime juice. Blend until smooth.
- Add the noodles, sauce, and half of the sesame seeds to the kale. Toss together, then season to taste with additional soy sauce, if needed.
- Divide between two bowls and garnish with the remaining sesame seeds.