13 Easy Noodle Dishes for Weeknight Slurping

If there is one comfort food dish that the world can agree on it’s noodles. From Milan to Manila, noodles are slurped everywhere: on the streets, at Michelin-starred restaurants, and most importantly, in the home. Spaghetti and soba are equally pleasing to adults as they are kids—the noodle even makes a cameo in two iconic animated films, The Lady and the Tramp and Kung Fu Panda. Noodles cook quickly making them an ideal ingredient for speedy weeknight meals. Not eating carbs? No matter. Thanks to the popularity of the spiralizer gadget, you too can enjoy noodles, in the form of zucchini or squash. To inspire you to get inventive with this crowd-pleasing dish, here are 15 meals that feature noodles.

Courtesy of Natasha’s Kitchen

Chicken Stir Fry with Rice Noodles

Rice noodles cook in less than five minutes and when combined with a chicken tender and vegetable stir-fry, you’ll have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. The sauce is a sweet-umami mixture of chicken broth, soy sauce, and ketchup that children will devour.

Get the recipe on Natasha’s Kitchen.

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Spicy Ramen with Tofu

At first glance, this recipe may seem complicated. However, once you get past the long list of ingredients and read the technique you’ll realize that it comes together quickly. A fiery miso sauce is made by combining a bunch of ingredients in a food processor. From there, it’s just a matter of boiling the broth and cooking the noodles. Easy weeknight ramen for the win!

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Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup

Who doesn’t crave a comforting bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup every now and then? To give the childhood staple a grown-up twist, infuse the soup with the flavors of Mexico. Cumin, chili powder, and green chiles add spice to the base of the soup. The garnishes—fresh-squeezed lime juice, avocado slices, cilantro, and chopped scallions—are crucial to making this soup a delicious success.

Get the recipe on Feasting at Home.


Pork Pho

To make a super fast and fresh pork pho at home, there are two secrets. The first is to toast the spices before making the broth—this allows them to release their natural aromas and oils. The second is to slice the pork tenderloin as thinly as possible. It should cook instantly once it hits the fragrant broth.

Get the recipe on Williams-Sonoma.

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Pasta with Garlic, Oil, and Anchovy Sauce

Agile e olio is a traditional minimalist Italian pasta sauce that is simply garlic and olive oil. The addition of pantry staples like anchovies, red pepper flakes, and toasted breadcrumbs, take the dish to a scrumptious new level. Top with a generous helping of freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve with a glass of Chianti classico.

Get the recipe on Epicurious.

Christopher Testant for Bon Appétit

Sichuan-Style Chicken with Rice Noodles

Don’t be intimidated by the components of this recipe for Sichuan-style chicken and noodles. Sichuan is a type of peppercorn, kombu is dried edible kelp that is used to flavor Asian broths, and furikake is a Japanese seasoning blend that usually consists of dried ground fish, sesame seeds, chopped seaweed, sugar, and salt. All of these ingredients are common and can be found at your local Asian market. Why not expand your culinary horizons by experimenting with this tasty and healthy kale, chicken, and noodle dish?

Get the recipe on Bon Appétit.

Courtesy of I am a Food Blog

Spicy Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles

Avoiding carbs? Break out that spiralizer and use it to make this amazing zucchini pasta dish. The zucchini is tossed with a bright and tangy sauce of fennel, lemon, garlic, and cilantro before being topped with plump and succulent shrimp. The resulting dish is wildly satisfying and healthy.

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Roasted Teriyaki Mushrooms and Broccolini Soba Noodles

Meaty mushrooms, tender broccolini, and chewy soba noodles come together to make one hearty dinner. The great thing about soba noodles is that they are made of buckwheat, so if you are cooking for a friend or family member who is on a gluten-free diet, you can serve them this dish.

Get the recipe on Sobre Mesa.

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Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi

Cheese lovers will enjoy this zucchini pasta with homemade avocado parmesan pesto sauce. It’s topped with pieces of gooey fried halloumi cheese. Delish!

Get the recipe on Half Baked Harvest.

Judy Kim for Delish

Spaghetti with Creamy Meat Sauce

No noodle recipe roundup is complete without some variation of the classic spaghetti and meat sauce. Once you try this creamy beef and tomato sauce—that comes together in 30 minutes—you’ll never want to buy a jar of pasta sauce again.

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Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Pasta

Zucchini isn’t the only vegetable that magically turns into noodles when spiralized, butternut squash can be turned into noodles, too! Transform them into a sensational dinner by tossing with browned butter, creamy goat cheese, fresh oregano, and crunchy breadcrumbs. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Get the recipe on Half Baked Harvest.

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Pasta Carbonara

There is nothing a bowl of pasta carbonara can’t fix. Long day? Stressful commute? Fight with your significant other? Whip up a batch of the classic bacon and egg pasta dish and your spirits will instantly lift.

Get the recipe on Kitchen McCabe.

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Herbs

If you’ve been reading this story rolling your eyes because you don’t own a spiralizer, this recipe is for you! Spaghetti squash is named for its noodle-like flesh. Simply slice in half, roast, and run a fork through the insides of the squash. Toss with pine nuts, herbs, and cheese or your favorite pasta sauce.

Get the recipe on Pinch of Yum.

What is your go-to weeknight noodle dish?