The broiler gives you direct heat meaning your vegetables will get a gorgeous char in just a few minutes. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

What you'll need: 1 shallot 1 medium eggplant 12 oz grape tomatoes 1 oz fresh ginger 2 Tbsp rice vinegar 2 Tbsp tamari 1 tsp toasted sesame oil 5.6 oz soba noodles ¼ oz fresh basil ¼ oz fresh cilantro vegetable or safflower oil coarse salt

Equipment: small saucepan colander large pot rimmed baking sheet

Recipe steps:

  1. Make crispy shallots Cut ends from shallots, peel, and thinly slice into rings. Place shallot rings in a small saucepan with ½ cup oil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are golden brown, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer shallots to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt. Reserve shallot oil.

  2. Cook eggplant Preheat broiler with rack 6-inches from heat source. Slice eggplant lengthwise into 1-inch pieces. Coat baking sheet with 1 tablespoon shallot oil. Place eggplant and tomatoes on sheet and brush eggplant with some of the shallot oil; season both sides with salt. Broil until softened and charred in spots, flipping eggplant halfway through, 6–8 minutes per side.

  3. Make dressing Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Peel and grate ginger into a small bowl. Gather ginger in your hand and squeeze juice into bowl; discard pulp. Whisk in rice vinegar, tamari, sesame oil, and 2 tablespoons shallot oil.

  4. Cook soba Add soba noodles to boiling water and cook until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

  5. Cut eggplant Once eggplant is cool enough to touch, chop into 1-inch cubes.

  6. Finish & serve Pick basil and cilantro leaves from stems. Tear large basil leaves into pieces. Toss noodles with eggplant, tomatoes, dressing, and ⅔ of the herbs. Top with crispy shallots and remaining herbs.

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