Cooking with CSUMB: quick and easy garlic noodles

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and the Basic Needs Initiative program teamed up once again for their monthly Cooking with CSUMB Zoom event on March 3. 

Cooking with CSUMB is a live Zoom series, featuring recipes demonstrated by faculty and staff that are targeted at college students for their ease and health.

This month’s Cooking With CSUMB was hosted by Basic Needs Coordinator Sabrina Lee and the recipe was demonstrated by Basic Needs Senator Jewelia Fletcher. 

Students learned how to make the simple and delicious recipe, garlic noodles. 

Fletcher credited this recipe to her and her roommate’s longing for a noodle recipe from a restaurant they frequented in their hometown. Fletcher learned how to make it herself while living on campus.  

The recipe is extremely simple. Using only six ingredients and only takes under 15 minutes to prepare, it is perfect for the college student with a full schedule. 

The ingredients go as follows: 

  • 1 green onion
  • 1 package of pasta noodles, (recommended: knife-shaved noodles)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp garlic 

Fletcher emphasizes that an important part of this recipe is how many ways it can be modified to match your preferences. Feel free to add as much or as little garlic as you see fit!


  1. Boil noodles in a pot of water, (according to instructions on noodles or to preferred taste).
  2. Chop green onions finely.
  3. After the noodles are boiled, cool under cold water, and set aside. 
  4. Add butter and garlic to your now empty pasta pot.
  5. Saute for a minute then add the noodles back. 
  6. Stir to unclump the noodles. 
  7. Add soy sauce and oyster sauce to the noodles. Add more or less to preference. 
  8. Plate noodles and add green onions on top.

Modifications like frozen vegetables or proteins can be added to increase the vitamins and nutritional value of the meal. 

Fletcher recommends topping the dish with chili oil if you enjoy spicier foods!
The next Cooking with CSUMB event will be hosted on April 7. Until then, students can look out for Basic Needs Initiative opportunities such as food-based assistance programs. Learn more at

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