National Noodle Month

Here at ChopChop, we celebrate healthy and delicious food everyday.  We love when there’s even more reason to celebrate, with a wacky, fun food holiday.  March has many food holidays. We’ll be celebrating all month long and giving you ideas on ways to celebrate with us and of course, some recipes to try with your family! 

Did you know March is National Noodle Month? We love noodles! The word “noodle” is really fun to say and the food “noodle” is really fun to slurp up.  There are also a few commonly used phrases that use the world “noodle”. Here are three we like to use. Do you have any more?

  • “Use your noodle” means to use your brain. 
  • “Noodle around” means to fiddle or wander around.
  • “Noodle over something” means to think about something.

To celebrate noodles (and in honor of ChopChop’s 5th birthday!) here are 5 of our favorite noodle recipes from the magazine.

1. Cold Soba Noodle Salad

 Soba noodles are used a lot in Japanese cooking.  These noodles are served cold with some dressing, vegetables, seeds, and whatever else you want to put on top!

2. Peanutty Sesame Noodles

 You’ve probably had peanut butter on a sandwich, but have you ever had it on pasta? These noodles are inspired by an Asian dish and are perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. 

3. Pesto Pasta With Green Vegetables

These noodles are topped with pesto and veggies that you can make yourself. 

4.  Spaghetti with Red Clam Sauce 

This pasta is traditionally served as a meal called “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” at Italian Christmas-Eve celebrations.  You don’t have to wait until Christmas to make it because it’s actually really easy. 

5. Toshikoshi Soba

 This recipe uses the same soba noodles as in the Cold Soba Noodle Salad. Instead of a salad, these noodles are used in a soup. So this is a perfect dish to make if you have leftover noodles from the salad! Eating a bowl of buckwheat noodles before midnight on New Year’s Eve is an old Japanese tradition that is supposed to bring long life and prosperity in the year ahead.  (But that doesn’t mean you have to wait until New Year’s to make it!)