Green Tea Soba with Nori Pesto


Serves 4-6.


-5 sheets nori, soaked in warm water for a few minutes until softened & plump, then drained well
-1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
-1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
-1 tsp salt
-2 large garlic cloves, crushed
-1/4 olive oil, plus more for tossing noodles
-zest of 1 lemon, plus some of its juice
-sesame seeds
-1 lb. green tea soba, cooked according to package instructions, then drained and rinsed with cold water


  1. In a large bowl, soak the nori in warm water for a few minutes until it becomes softened and plump. Drain the nori through a fine mesh strainer, making sure to let all of the excess water drain out. Place the strained nori back in the bowl and set aside.
  2. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, grind the pine nuts to a fine crumble. Add this to the strained nori, then add the parmesan, salt, garlic, olive oil, and lemon zest.
  3. To serve, toss the pesto with the cooked noodles, adding some more olive oil if necessary. Top the soba with sesame seeds and a squeeze of lemon juice to serve.

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