Who doesn’t love a bowl full of noodles from time to time? Heck, who doesn’t love noodles, full stop?
Noodles are a great dish to have with a variety of meals.
Get the right extras, the right meats or vegetables to add to it, through in the right seasoning and sauces, and you have a dish that is both bulked nicely by the noodles, as well as tasting good at the same time.
However, many people, especially those who are new to cooking with them, often struggle to get them just right.
After all, they can’t be cooked in the same way that pasta is, at least not exactly.
They usually need to be prepared differently from your traditional spaghetti noodles, both with cooking time, as well as the rights seasonings and when to take them off of the heat.
And this isn’t even mentioning how the recipes that they often come with need a ton of ingredients that need to be prepared precisely and correctly.
These recipes are usually delicious, make no mistake. But for a beginner, it can feel like a daunting challenge to try and make a manageable noodle recipe, especially for new cooks.
Well, that is what this list is here to help you with!
In this guide, we are going to show you a whole range of noodle recipes that are easy for anyone to make.
Perfect for people who want to start cooking with noodles, as well as experienced chefs that just want something easy to make tonight!
1. Yakisoba Noodles
Starting off our list with a favorite noodle dish that is always a popular meal, we have yakisoba noodles, a very popular fried noodle dish in Japan.
Compared to many other noodle recipes you will find out there, this dish has relatively few ingredients, whilst also having enough to keep your noodles from tasting bland.
If you are looking for a noodle recipe that is great for both beginners and intermediate cooks, this is a great recipe to go for!
2. Rice Noodle Salad Bowl With Lemongrass Grilled Chicken
You’ll be surprised just how well salad bowls and noodles go together when it comes to the main meal!
This Vietnamese recipe is a delight to both make, and to eat, especially when combined with the lemongrass-flavored chicken.
This recipe has quite a few ingredients to it, but is simple enough to follow, and separates its different parts into different steps.
With a little patience, this is a recipe that anyone with a good eye for cooking can do, especially those who know how to prepare noodles right.
3. Indomie Noodles With Assorted Vegetables
Of course, while lemongrass-infused chicken and perfectly prepared noodles are great to prepare and taste, sometimes you just want a recipe that has just a handful of ingredients and is super quick and easy to prepare.
If that sounds like you today, then this is the recipe for you.
Using only five ingredients, you will be able to make a noodle recipe for one that has both healthy nutrients and great tastes as well.
4. Garlic Noodles
Garlic is a bulb ingredient that has found many uses in recipes across the world. So it should come as no surprise that it is also a key ingredient in many noodles dishes too.
In this recipe, it is front and center!
Like the yakisoba noodles we covered earlier, this recipe uses relatively few ingredients, while still making a delicious bowl of tasty noodles for you and your family.
Plus, with so few ingredients, this is also a great budget meal to plan for too!
5. Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles
Many people don’t seem to realize just how versatile noodles are when prepared with the right ingredients.
This sweet potato stir-fry is a great example of the variety of flavors you can have in a good noodle recipe. This is also a great recipe to use up any leftover meats or vegetables you have in your refrigerator.
6. Assorted Chicken & Veggies Noodles
This is the perfect recipe to try out if you love eating noodles as a midday snap or lunch meal, but don’t want to overcomplicate things for yourself.
With such a massive variety of vegetables to add to the chicken and noodles, whilst also being super easy to make, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t find this recipe sooner!
You can even use leftover chicken from the day before in this recipe. Just make sure that the chicken is thoroughly heated before throwing it in this recipe!
7. Paula Deen’s Goulash
Who said that pasta wasn’t noodles? Certainly not us, and this opens up our possibilities to an insane degree!
By combining the macaroni noodles with the ground beef and juicy tomatoes, you have a noodle dish that is surprisingly easy to make, making it the perfect meal to make when you don’t have the energy for anything more complicated.
A good motto for comfort food is ‘Keep it simple, keep it tasty’, and for us, this recipe ticks both of these boxes!
8. Chicken Barley Soup With Egg Noodles & Herbs
Comfort food holds a special place in our hearts (and our bellies). However, if you want to try a recipe that is a little more challenging, but oh-so rewarding, then boy, do we have the recipe for you!
This recipe effectively gives you two types of soup in the space of one, combining the barley and herbs with the chicken and noodles to create an interesting fusion of flavors that will soon become your signature dish!
9. Assorted Meat & Noodles Pepper Soup
Meat pepper soup is yet another comfort food that is warm and comforting on those colder or relaxing days, or even a meal to end an incredibly busy day too.
After all, it wouldn’t be a comfort food if you couldn’t eat and make it whenever!
We think that pepper sup is a sorely underrepresented flair when it comes to noodle soups that you can make for yourself, so we love to see how simple these recipes make cooking this dish!
Keep the ingredients list streamlined like the recipe suggests, or add your twists. The choice is up to you!
10. Takeout Sesame Noodles
Arguably, the easiest comfort food is one that is delivered to your doorstep.
However, if you could make an amazing noodle dish as good as any take-out, we think that you’d be saving a ton of money in the long run, and making a killer noodle recipe of your own while you’re at it!
The main stars of this recipe are the peanut butter that adds a delicious flavor and great texture to the noodles, as well as the sesame seeds that this recipe is named after, which will stick to your noodles thanks to the peanut butter sauce, and without sinking to the bottom of your bowl and going to waste!
11. Cambodian Rice Noodle Soup
Cambodian food is a cuisine that we think never gets quite the love and appreciation that it deserves, perhaps because a lot of the recipes that people have heard of can be a handful for newcomers to cooking for themselves.
So, this noodle soup recipe that is relatively simple to make, even if the ingredients list is a little extensive, is exactly the kind of recipe you need to bring this amazing style of cooking to the people of the world!
Like we said before, the recipe list is pretty long, and can be a little difficult to keep track of at times.
However, it yields such a massive amount of noodle soup, that it is a great soup to make if you have plenty of guests or the whole family around for dinner!
12. Assorted Veggie Noodles
Don’t scroll past this entry just yet, meat lovers and veggie haters!
Whilst the name of this recipe implies that there is a ton of vegetables in it (which to be fair, there are), there is also plenty of meaty and egg protein to go along with it!
The recipe list is certainly long, but you get a ton of great flavors and textures in this dish, accompanied by the soft and absorbing goodness of the noodles whilst you are eating your way through the mountain of vegetables and meat.
13. Amish Macaroni Noodles
Macaroni noodles just seem to be ideal for easy noodle recipes.
Perhaps their unique shape allows them to contain sauce and other flavors, maybe it’s its small size, but the wide thickness they have.
Either way, they’re great for those quick and easy recipes that you can make at the last minute for you and your family, as this recipe shows us!
14. Longevity Noodles With Oyster, Shiitake & Enoki Mushrooms
Now, this is a recipe for those fans who can’t get enough of a good mushroom noodle dish!
What sets this recipe apart from other stir-fry or noodle dishes is the sheer length of the noodles in this dish, with them needing to be braided to even fit in a bowl.
This comes from a tradition of not cutting the noodles before eating them, as that would cut someone off from living a long and prosperous life.
It looks like longevity is a multi-layered name for this noodle dish, then!
The mushrooms add some great texture and flavor to the noodles, too, so don’t be afraid to fork out for these more exotic varieties!
15. Assorted Noodles Recipe
This is a great recipe for those people who just want a binge of noodles and flavors to go with them.
With ingredients such as liver, sausages, and kidney meat, this is very much a meat-focused dish, which should please the noodle carnivores out there!
16. Spicy Peanut Soba Noodle Salad
We already how peanut butter makes an excellent sauce for a good noodle dish, and the same goes for this recipe too!
You’ll find that this recipe also uses soba noodles instead of classic egg noodles (see also ‘28 Quick And Easy Egg Noodle Recipes‘).
These add a little extra thickness to the plate, without becoming huge or looking out of place in the same way that something like udon noodles would in this recipe.
Punctuate that peanut flavor with a little lime juice and crushed or grated garlic, and you have a recipe that is both great to serve to guests as well as surprisingly easy to make!
17. Collard Greens Ramen
Japanese food lovers will know just how tasty good ramen is. And everyone else will know just how much ramen lovers love to talk about good ramen they’ve tasted.
If you’re looking to see what exactly all the hype is about, then this recipe is a perfect introduction to this classic Japanese noodle soup (see also ‘28 Of The Best Authentic Japanese Noodle Recipes‘)!
This particular recipe is a perfect blend of classic ramen ingredients, with a few extra southern flavors thrown in for good measure!
18. Noodles With Assorted Meat
Ramen, as tasty as it can be, is still quite a lot of effort, even at its easiest to make.
So, let’s take another look at a great comfort noodle dish that is a little more to everyone’s skill level.
The pork liver and pig’s ear make this an interesting dish to try for yourself, as well as creating a meaty noodle soup with relatively cheap meats.
19. Easy Tofu Pad Thai
Although the dishes that we have covered have all been great, there have also been very few recipes that are vegetarian exactly.
So, it’s time to remedy that problem with this tofu pad thai recipe.
Not a shred of chicken or a slice of pork to be found here. Just the rice noodles, the vegetables, and, of course, tofu!
20. Cheesy Broccoli & Chicken Casserole
Moving a little away from East Asia for our next recipe, we have this delicious spaghetti noodle dish.
This has just the right amount of Italian flavoring to please everyone who, whilst enjoying Asian and East Asian cuisine, also may want to try something a little different. And this recipe fills that niche nicely.
We dare you to try and come up with a better casserole recipe than this!
21. Taiwanese Noodle Soup
Back to the flavors of Taiwan for this one!
With a great blend of both meaty and seafood flavors in this recipe, plus plenty of veggies, you’ll find this easy-to-make dish a very filling meal indeed.
Just make sure that you don’t overcook the shrimp or beef if you don’t want overly chewy pieces in your noodles!
22. Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup
This is a great recipe to use up that leftover rotisserie chicken you had from yesterday evening.
Chicken noodle soup is a glorious comfort food, even at the worst of times.
But when you combine that with the delicious pre-cooked chicken you already prepared, that difficulty spike drops even further. Anyone with leftover chicken can try this for themselves!
23. Reshteh Polo (Noodle Rice)
This is certainly a challenge for people who are maybe a little less experienced with cooking noodles.
However, if you have already tried a few recipes on this list, this is the recipe to take you to the next level in your noodle preparation skills!
24. Glass Noodles With Assorted Veggies
Don’t worry, despite the name, there’s no real glass to be found in this recipe!
The translucent noodles, once prepared, make this a different recipe quite a bit different from the rest that we have covered.
Although, we do love the extra attention given to the carrots in this recipe, and gives you some great inspiration for your own to try!
25. Tuna Noodle Casserole
Tuna and casseroles go together like peanut butter and jelly. So why wouldn’t we try making it with some good pasta noodles?
Cheap, easy to make, and delicious when cooked properly. It is everything that the great American casserole should be!
26. Spaghetti & Meatballs
Sure, you could try and argue that spaghetti is a real noodle.
Aside from not wanting to be wrong, why would you complain about a detail like that, when you could be eating this amazing recipe?
27. Chile-Glazed Shrimp With Rice Noodles & Herbs
Also called ‘drunken noodles’, we can’t see too much alcohol in this recipe, if any, so don’t worry about getting tipsy from eating this one.
However, if you are looking for a recipe to combine spices and a variety of stock flavors in a single meal, then this is a recipe that you should look at.
28. Japanese Yakisoba Assorted Vegetable Noodles
You know the drill by now. We love a good yakisoba noodle recipe, so of course, we’re going to love the veggie flavors found in this recipe too!
29. Chow Mein
How have we not even mentioned chow mein yet in this list!?
Probably one of the easiest stir-fry recipes you can think of, this chow-mein recipe was MADE for beginners!
30. Biang Biang Noodles
These giant flat noodles give this dish a distinct character unlike pretty much any dish on this list. Plus, you get to make these from scratch!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Different Kinds Of Noodles Are There?
When looking at the names of these recipes, many people may have wondered about the different kinds of noodles. More specifically, how many different kinds of noodles there are.
The short answer is ‘A lot’.
The slightly less short, but still short answer is that many countries over the centuries have developed their recipes and methods for creating noodles.
Some of the most common types are the following:
- Soba Noodles
- Egg Noodles
- Ramen Noodles
- Udon Noodles
- Shirataki Noodles
- Somen Noodles
- Pasta Noodles
These various kinds of noodles span cuisines from across the world and cover a wide range of different food niches that they fill.
For example, Udon Noodles, Egg Noodles, and Soba Noodles are often used in stir-fry or chow mein recipes, where they are pan-fried or grilled alongside other ingredients.
Ramen noodles and other similar varieties are best used in a soup, where the noodles can absorb the flavors of the broth and other ingredients to carry their flavors.
And this isn’t even covering the cheer variety of cooking methods that pasta noodles can be used for, from macaroni to spaghetti.
How Long Do Noodles Take To Cook?
This will depend on the type of noodles you are cooking, as they come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses that can affect their overall cooking time.
Pasta, for instance, usually takes somewhere between 8 and 10 minutes to boil, whereas egg noodles can take anywhere from 5 to 6 minutes.
For the very thin varieties, such as rice noodles, this billing or cooking time is likely much less than even that!
Make sure to check the packaging for whatever types of noodles you have for a general cooking time, or consult the recipe you are using.
With so many noodle recipes, you’re going to be busy for months, if not years, to come!
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