Acorn Squash Ramen with Buckwheat Noodles and Togarashi

Acorn Squash Ramen

with Buckwheat Noodles and Togarashi

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Every region in Japan has its own variation on ramen. Our version features a miso-based broth — miso ramen is uniquely Japanese (many ramen are Chinese-influenced), and is popular in Hokkaido. The savory broth stands up to some heat, like the togarashi-roasted acorn squash or chili garlic sauce. You can also experiment with adding your own toppings, from butter and sesame seeds to crushed garlic and seaweed!

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SERVINGS
2 4
PREP & COOK TIME
30 min
CALORIES
630
FAT
21g
CARBOHYDRATES
87g
PROTEIN
26g

MAIN INGREDIENTS

  1. 10 oz acorn squash
  2. ½ tsp togarashi
  3. 1 pack extra firm tofu
  4. 4 oz choy sum
  5. 1 scallion
  6. 1 tbsp white miso paste
  7. 1 tbsp tamari
  8. 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  9. 5 oz buckwheat soba noodles
  10. 1 oz sweet soy
  11. 2 tbsp + 2 tsp vegetable oil*
  12. Salt*
  13. *Not included

TOOLS

  • Baking sheet
  • Medium nonstick skillet
  • Whisk
  • Colander

INSTRUCTIONS

1
Roast the squash
Roast the squash
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Fill a medium saucepan with water and place over high heat. Rinse acorn squash and trim off the ends. Slice the squash into ½-inch thick rounds. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds, and place the rounds on a baking sheet. Toss with 1 tbsp oil and sprinkle with togarashi and a pinch salt. Roast until slightly caramelized and tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
2
Cook the tofu
Cook the tofu
Drain the tofu and cut it into 1-inch cubes. Place a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp oil. Season tofu with salt and then add it to the skillet. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the cubes, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer tofu to a plate.
3
Cook the noodles
Cook the noodles
Once the water is boiling, add the buckwheat soba noodles and let cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Gently separate the noodles with a fork and cook until al dente, an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Strain the noodles into a colander and run under cool water to stop them from cooking.
4
Building flavor
Building flavor
Rinse and roughly dice the choy sum. Rinse and thinly slice the scallion — keep the greens and whites separate. Wipe the noodle saucepan clean and place over medium-high heat with 2 tsp oil. Once the oil is hot, add the scallion whites and choy sum and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
5
Voila broth!
Voila broth!
Add the miso paste, tamari, half of the chili garlic sauce, and 2 cups water to the saucepan with the scallion and choy sum. Whisk well to combine. Bring broth just to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Season with salt and let broth gently simmer until you are ready to build your ramen bowls.
6
Garnish and serve
Garnish and serve
Divide the soba noodles between your bowls and pour the miso broth over them. Top with the tofu and togarashi acorn squash. Sprinkle on the scallion greens as a garnish, and drizzle the sweet soy and the extra chili garlic sauce (if you want things spicier) on top. Grab your chopsticks and enjoy!