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27 Easy Noodle Recipes

When you think of noodle recipes, what comes to mind? My thoughts immediately go to spaghetti, beef stroganoff, and egg noodles. 

I think most people jump straight to Asian and Italian meals. And honestly, that’s pretty accurate!

But those aren’t the only places with noodles.

Chicken Pad Thai
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In fact, some people use the term “noodle” so loosely that it can be just about anything. This list has it all. 

From classics like garlic noodles to spicy dishes like duck noodle soup, there are plenty of noodle recipes here. 

You’re sure to find something that’ll suit your palate. 

25+ Ways to Make Noodles for Dinner

Yakisoba noodles with thick sauce to coat the noodles, chicken, and veggies served on a plate.

1. Yakisoba Chicken

Yakisoba means “fried noodle” in Japanese. And seriously, is anything better after a long day than a big bowl of noodle stir fry?

This specific recipe uses a unique, thick sauce to coat the noodles, chicken, and veggies.

Unfortunately, the traditional recipe has a few hard-to-find ingredients. Luckily, this version is still super tasty and pretty close to the original.

Garlic noodles served on white bowl garnishes with chopped green onions.
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2. Garlic Noodles

Garlic noodles are perfect for an afternoon snack or as a side to a yummy dinner.

They work just as well with steak as with spicy stir-fried vegetables.

Unlike regular buttered noodles, these have a deeper base. It’s made with oyster sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, and sesame oil.

They might work as a side to steak or pork chops. They’re not a replacement for your favorite Italian spaghetti, though. 

Goulash made with ground beef, tomatoes, celery and macaroni noodles on a pan.

3. Paula Deen’s Goulash

These might not be the noodles you immediately think of when you hear the word. They are noodles, though, so I’m keeping this one on the list.

Goulash is a terrific one-pot wonder that’s perfect for feeding a crowd. Kids love it as much as grown-ups, and it’s cheap to make.

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Try roasting some carrots, squash, and cauliflower and blending them with the tomato sauce to make it extra nutritious.

Noodles with peanut sauce served on a white plate garnished with chopped peanuts and chopped chives.
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4. Takeout Sesame Noodles

These tender, tasty sesame noodles are every bit as good as any you’d get from a restaurant.

The noodles are slathered in a light but intensely flavored Asian peanut butter sauce. So, it’s not ideal if you have an allergy.

But it IS crazy-delicious. I recommend having them on their own so you can really enjoy the flavor.

Macaroni salad with mayonnaise, onions, celery, red pepper, and dill pickle relish.

5. Amish Macaroni Salad

Here we are again with the macaroni noodles! But I think you’ll agree that this delightful, creamy pasta salad is worthy of a spot on the list.

Like potato salad, pasta salad is a family fave. It’s always a welcome sight at any BBQ or pot-luck.

I love the combination of hard-boiled eggs, onion, celery, red pepper, and dill pickle relish. They all provide fantastic texture and flavor.

Noodles with red peppers, cabbage, chicken, soba noodles, and peanut sauce served on a black bowl.
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6. Spicy Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

Soba noodles are a little different from the noodles you may generally eat.

They’re thinner than udon noodles but thicker than egg noodles. Plus, they have a distinctly nutty flavor.

They’re made with buckwheat flour and are naturally gluten-free. When cooked, they have a lovely chewy texture.

This dish is another peanut sauce recipe but with more kick than the one above. It’s also thicker, creamier, and very flavorful.

A serving of pad Thai on a plate garnished with lime wedges, bean sprouts, peanut sauce, shredded carrot, cilantro, and sriracha or chili garlic sauce.
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7. Easy Tofu Pad Thai

Pad Thai is one of my all-time favorite noodle dishes, and I learned to make it at home.

The trick is to use a lot of different flavors but to balance them out just so.

So, this recipe contains chili garlic sauce and Thai red chilies. It also has lime juice for freshness. The tamarind adds a lovely sweetness, as well.

Creamy and Cheesy Crack Chicken Noodle Soup

8. Chicken Noodle Soup

I have tons of chicken noodle soup recipes, but this one is my favorite. It’s so thick, creamy, and cheesy that it’s almost more like pasta than soup.

It has everything you love about traditional chicken noodle soup. It’s warm, comforting, and perfect for when you’re under the weather. 

It’s just a bit richer and more filling than most.  

Tuna noodle casserole with mushrooms, peas, noodles in creamy sauce served on a white dish.
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9. Tuna Noodle Casserole

Are you looking for something filling, cheap, and easy to whip up on a busy weeknight? This tuna noodle casserole is the one for you.

Unlike many similar recipes, you won’t be using canned soup as a base. (Unless, of course, you’d like to speed things up!)

I didn’t have any mushrooms, so I added broccoli instead. You can always change up the veggies to suit your palette.

Stir fried noodles with cabbage, carrots, celery, red pepper, mushrooms, green onions and sauce tossed by a tong on a pan.
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10. Chow Mein

Chow mein is one of the easiest stir-fry noodle recipes out there. It’s a terrific way to use up any leftover veggies on their last legs.

The recipe calls for ​​peppers, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and cabbage. But add whatever you like and have on hand.

As for the sauce, you’ll make a pretty fast cornstarch slurry using soy sauce, oyster sauce, stock, brown sugar, and sesame oil.

Noodles on a boat shaped bowl with chicken, shrimp, and vegetables served in a homemade curry sauce.
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11. Singapore Noodles

If you’ve never had Singapore noodles, you’re in for a treat. They’re quick, easy, versatile, and ridiculously flavorful!

They’re also filling and good for you! The noodles feature lean meats (chicken and shrimp) and loads of vitamin-packed veggies.

Because they taste so good, though, most people won’t realize how nutritious they actually are. A big win if you have kids!

Fork with Chinese noodles with garlic and green onion on a bowl.
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12. Tik Tok Chili Oil Noodles

Like it or not, we live in a time where TikTok affects our dietary choices. Most of the time, though, I have good luck with the TikTok recipes I find.

That’s certainly the case with these saucy, spicy noodles.

They’re a little bit messy. But they totally make up for that in flavor. Try them yourself. You’ll love them.

Ramen noodle salad with shredded cabbage, carrots, almond slivers and sunflower seeds.

13. Ramen Noodle Asian Salad

If you’re still eating your ramen straight from the package, you’re doing it wrong! This is a totally different way to enjoy ramen.

Once you try it, you’ll never want to go back to soggy noodles again.

This recipe includes an explosion of flavors, textures, and colors. You’ll love everything about it, and so will everyone else.

A plate of Chinese noodles with bok choy, chopped onion leaves and peanut in peanut sauce.

14. Vegan Dan Dan Noodles

Dan dan noodles are a Chinese Sichuan dish. It’s made with spicy sauce, chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions.

It started as cheap but delicious street food. It’s only become more and more popular as more people have tasted it.

For this vegan version, you’ll make vegan “meat” with mushrooms, tofu, pecans, onion, and garlic.

Although, you can just use regular fried tofu to speed things up.

Pasta with creamy sauce sprinkled with dried herbs served on a white plate.

15. Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine refers to the long, flat noodles used in many Italian meals. Afredo is a creamy sauce traditionally made with butter, heavy cream, and parmesan.

Of course, the dish has evolved over the years. Today, most alfredo sauces contain a blend of cheese and some seasonings like garlic and onion.

Traditional or otherwise, there’s no denying this dish is classic.

Noodles on a bowl with peanut butter sauce, sesame seeds and chopped onion leaves.
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16. Thai Peanut Noodles Recipe

Do you have peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili paste, and brown sugar? If so, you have the makings of one tasty noodle dish!

Just whisk it all together and toss it with the cooked noodles.

For a quick lunch, throw over some chopped scallions. For a weeknight dinner, try frying up some chopped carrots and cabbage to go with it.

Chopsticks picking Chinese noodles with vegetables on a pan.
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17. Lo Mein

Lo mein and chow mein look similar. And a lot of the ingredients are the same in the two recipes.

The biggest difference between them is how the noodles are cooked.

In chow mein, the noodles are boiled, fried, and added to veggies, making them slightly crisp.

In lo mein, the noodles are boiled and then tossed into the pan right at the end.

Buttered noodles on plate served with parmesan cheese.

18. Buttered Noodles

Have a picky eater at home who never wants to try anything new? You can’t really go wrong with a simple but delicious plate of buttered noodles.

They’re tender, buttery, and cheesy. And best of all for the chef, they require only a handful of ingredients.

Serve them as the main course or a side to something bigger.

A serving of ramen cooked in buttery sauce and garnished with black sesame seeds.

19. Kylie Jenner Ramen Recipe

If you enjoy this recipe, you have TikTok to thank. And Kylie Jenner.

She made this simple ramen recipe famous in one of her numerous TikTok videos. And though I was skeptical at first, I have to say it’s very good.

It has all the simplicity and buttery flavor of buttered noodles. The Everything Bagel seasoning makes it even better.

A serving of noodle pudding with cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, sugar, and cinnamon.
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20. Sweet Lokshen Kugel

Kugel is a Jewish casserole. You can make it sweet or savory with numerous different ingredients.

This version is sweet, with egg noodles, cottage and cream cheeses, cinnamon, raisins, and more.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how sweet and creamy it is. It’s also filling and budget-friendly!

Noodle soup with broth, sliced roast duck, and greens served on a Chinese bowl.
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21. Duck Noodle Soup

Love chicken noodle soup but want more meat? Duck noodle soup could be the weeknight dinner for you.

It features the same tender noodles and flavorful broth as chicken noodle soup. However, the chunks of duck meat are much more filling.

You’ll also add soy sauce, star anise, ginger, and more for a distinctly Asian flavor.

Beef stroganoff served with noodles
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22. One-Pot Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff is a Russian dish. It features chopped beef in a creamy gravy made from sour cream, beef broth, mustard, and mushrooms.

Of course, beef isn’t the cheapest option. So this recipe has you use ground beef instead, making it much more budget-friendly. 

The best thing about this version is that you can cook it all in one pot. There’s no need for a bunch of extra dishes! 

Shirataki noodles on a bowl topped with parmesan cheese.
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23. Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki noodles are keto-friendly Japanese noodles. They’re also known as konjac noodles and “miracle” noodles. 

Unfortunately, they’re chewy and unpleasant if you don’t cook them the right way. But luckily, this recipe gets it just right!

With no carbs, meat products, or gluten, they’re pretty popular with the dieting crowd. 

Note: They can cause some people to bloat. So eat them only in moderation. Especially at first. 

Thai noodles with curry sauce garnished with chopped Parsley and chili flakes.
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24. Thai Red Curry Noodles

These saucy noodles are a sweet-n-spicy combo that any Asian food lover will enjoy.

And despite the intensity of their flavor, they’re remarkably easy to make. You’ll need 12 ingredients and less than 30 minutes to pull them together.

They’re an excellent option for busy weeknights when you don’t feel like cooking.

A bowl of German Spaetzle with chopped parsley leaves garnish.
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25. Easy German Spätzle Recipe

Spätzle is a kind of German egg noodle that, like kugel, is served both sweet and savory.

Though a Spätzle press would be helpful, I just used my potato ricer. They still came out perfectly.

Think of them as pasta and serve with anything from meat sauce to Cacio e Pepe.

A bowl of pho with beef slices, bean sprouts, chopped chili and parsley leaves.
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26. Vietnamese Beef Pho

Pronounced “fuh,” this Vietnamese soup is delightful. It’s the perfect blend of flavorful broth, rice noodles, herbs, veggies, and meat.

Interestingly, many recipes rely on herbs and raw veggies for the topping. Whatever you choose, be sure to slice it pretty thin since it won’t be cooked. 

Stir fried glass noodles with veggies and meat on a pan.
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27. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Glass Noodles)

Japchae is the Korean version of chow mein. The main difference is that this dish uses sweet potato glass noodles instead of egg noodles. 

You can find these specialized noodles in most Asian grocery stores. You’ll also find them in larger supermarkets and, of course, online. 

Boil them like any other noodle. But you might want to toss them in oil to stop them from sticking once cooked.

27 Easy Noodle Recipes

Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

596

kcal

This easy chicken pad Thai recipe is one of my favorite noodle recipes of all time. Try it the next time you want something new for dinner.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces rice stick noodles

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 pound chicken breast, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup pad Thai sauce

  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts

  • 1/4 cup green onions

  • 1 lime

  • parsley, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot of water over high heat. Once boiling, add the rice stick noodles. Cook for approximately 5 to 6 minutes. The noodles should be tender but still have a slight bite. Drain and set aside for later. 
  • While the noodles are cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season both sides of the chicken breast generously with salt and garlic powder. 
  • Add the chicken to the hot pan. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a covered plate to keep it warm. 
  • Crack an egg into the now-empty pan. Cook for 1 minute undisturbed. Then, scramble it into large pieces. 
  • Add the noodles and pad Thai sauce to the pan with the egg. Toss until everything is well mixed and well coated in the sauce. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • After 1-2 minutes, add the chicken back to the pan. Sprinkle the peanuts and chopped green onions over the top. 
  • Juice the lime into the pan, spreading the juice evenly over the whole dish. 
  • Transfer the chicken pad Thai to individual serving platters. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and enjoy! 

Notes

  • Regarding step 5: It’s okay if the noodles stick slightly to the pan. That’s what gives them their fried texture.
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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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