18 Best Noodle Recipes From Around the World

Explore the Wide World of This Essential Carb

Gluten-Free, Vegan Chinese Cold Sesame Noodles

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Noodles are popular in various forms in countries around the world. You'll find oodles of recipes here for classic dishes from global cuisines, including some that use common pantry ingredients as clever shortcuts. Serve these noodle recipes for lunch or dinner and explore the world on a plate.

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    Easy Pad Thai Noodles

    Easy Pad Thai Noodles

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    Thai cuisine's most popular export is this tasty noodle stir fry featuring lots of fresh vegetables, crunchy peanuts, rice noodles, and an addictive sweet-and-tangy sauce. Make a pad Thai that rivals restaurant versions in a fraction of the time with this simple recipe.

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    Chinese Cold Sesame Noodles

    Cold vegan chinese sesame noodles recipe

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    Cold sesame noodles are popular with eaters of all ages thanks to their nutty sauce. This easy, nutritious weeknight dinner can be topped with sliced, cooked chicken and plenty of vegetables to make it a one-dish meal that's ready in minutes.

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    Polish Poppy Seed Noodles (Kluski z Makiem)

    Polish Poppy Seed Noodles (Kluski z Makiem)

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    Polish poppy seed noodles are traditionally served at Wigilia, the traditional Polish Christmas Eve celebration, to usher in a prosperous new year, but is delicious year round. It's a sweet, festive dish that includes honey, nuts, raisins, and candied orange peel. You can make it in just 30 minutes—just remember to allow time for soaking poppy seeds overnight.

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    Miso Udon Noodle Soup (Miso Nikomi Udon)

    Miso Udon Noodle Soup (Miso Nikomi Udon)

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    Miso udon noodle soup is a comforting dish of thick wheat noodles simmered in a savory broth with meat, tofu, and vegetables. This soothing variation that includes sake in the broth is like a warm hug in a bowl. Top it with the traditional poached egg for a satisfying one-bowl supper.

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    Italian Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper Pasta)

    Italian Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper Pasta)

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    In the time it takes to boil a pot of pasta, you can create a stunning, creamy sauce to coat spaghetti noodles. You only need three ingredients (including the noodles) to create magic with this foolproof cacio e pepe recipe.

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    Korean Cold Noodle Soup (Mul Naengmyeon)

    Korean Cold Noodle Soup (Mul Naengmyeon)

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    Add this delicious cold noodle soup to your list of summer essential recipes. It's a fantastic way to fill up on a hot day, with tons of flavor and nutrition from slim buckwheat noodles, diced cucumber, radish, Asian pear, hard-boiled egg, and optional beef slices, all nestled in a tangy, refreshing ice-cold broth.

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    Taiwanese Tan Tsai Noodles

    Taiwanese Tan Tsai Noodles

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    There's nothing like a big bowl of hot and tasty noodle soup to make you feel cozy on a cold or rainy day. With tender pork, prawns, and a gorgeously fragrant broth that is easy to make with humble ingredients, this flavorful dish is worth staying in for.

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    South American Green Noodles (Tallarines Verdes)

    South American Green Noodles (Tallarines Verdes)

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    Amazingly bright and fresh-tasting, tallarines verdes (literally "green noodles") is a delicious pasta from South America. Make it's signature garlicky, green, pesto-style sauce with plenty of fresh spinach and basil plus queso fresco cheese for creaminess. It makes an elegant side dish for roast chicken.

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    Thai Peanut Sauce With Ginger

    Thai peanut sauce with ginger recipe

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    Kids and adults alike will cheer for chewy noodles coated with a peanut butter-based sauce. This is a great dish to serve picky eaters when you want to get them trying new foods. Serve the sauce over your choice of noodles (egg, vermicelli, etc.) and add other ingredients like chopped veggies or meat.

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    Instant Pot Kugel

    Instant Pot Kugel

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    Noodle kugel (or lokshen kugel) is a favorite Jewish holiday side dish of egg noodles baked in a sweet custard. This version uses the Instant Pot to cook in about half the time of a traditional baked kugel while freeing up your oven for other dishes. You'll love the irresistible, buttery cornflake crumb topping.

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    Shanghai Stir-Fried Noodles With Chicken

    Shanghai Stir-Fried Noodles With Chicken

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    Skip getting take-out yet again with this quick and easy recipe for stir-fried Shanghai noodles. With tender chicken breast chunks, shredded cabbage, spring onions, and a tangy soy sauce marinade, it's an amazingly delicious, one-dish meal you can make for dinner in 30 minutes.

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    Hungarian Cabbage with Noodles (KaposztáS TéSzta)

    Hungarian Cabbage with Noodles (KaposztáS TéSzta)

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    This easy, five-ingredient dish of cabbage and onion with buttered egg noodles is Hungarian comfort food at its best. Serve it as a hearty holiday side dish for roast turkey or chicken with or without added bacon crumbles, or boost it with cooked smoked sausage to make it into a one-dish meal.

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    Cold Green Tea Soba Noodles (Cha Soba)

    Cold Green Tea Soba Noodles (Cha Soba)

    The Spruce / Judy Ung

    Slender soba noodles infused with green tea have a delicate taste and a pretty light green color that makes them an elegant addition to summer gatherings. This Japanese-style recipe serves them cold, garnished with chopped fresh vegetables for a refreshing alternative to the usual picnic salad.

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    Beef Stroganoff for Two

    Recipe beef stroganoff for two recipe

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    Whip up a delicious dinner for two with this quick and easy recipe for German-style beef stroganoff. You'll use a short list of ingredients, like sour cream and cognac, to create an indulgent-tasting sauce for savory sliced steak, fresh mushrooms, and hot cooked egg noodles.

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    Vietnamese Noodle Salad With Lemongrass Beef (Bun Bo Xao)

    Vietnamese Noodle Salad With Lemongrass Beef (Bun Bo Xao)

    The Spruce / Connie Veneracion

    Brimming with textures from cooled, cooked rice noodles, stir-fried lemongrass beef, crushed roasted peanuts, fried shallots, fresh herbs, and sweet-and-spicy chili sauce, this hearty Vietnamese noodle salad makes a nutritious one-bowl meal.

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    Asian Beef and Ramen Noodles

    Asian Beef and Ramen Noodles

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    Often thought of as a student food, budget-conscious ramen noodles are transformed into a satisfying family dinner with the addition of thinly-sliced top sirloin. Add a few vegetables and simple seasonings to round out this nutritious one-dish meal that's ready in about 30 minutes with minimal clean-up required.

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    Classic Fettuccine Alfredo

    Fettuccine Alfredo recipe

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    Use the best ingredients you can find for the classic Italian pasta dish, fettuccine alfredo. It's definitely a diet splurge but never fails to impress for special occasions. You need only 20 minutes to make the rich and creamy Parmesan cheese sauce for coating perfectly-cooked al dente noodles.

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    Malaysian Noodles With Pork and Seafood (Char Kway Teow)

    Malaysian Noodles With Pork and Seafood (Char Kway Teow)

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    Char kway teow is a popular Malaysian dish combining hearty meat, shrimp, vegetables, and glutinous rice noodles in a savory seafood sauce. You'll be amazed at how quickly it comes together in a hot wok or skillet once you've assembled the ingredients. Top with fresh bean sprouts for a crunchy finish.