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Why you’ll love this spicy miso pasta
Miso is one of my favorite ingredients to add to recipes when I’m craving umami – that savory, satisfying flavor that’s hard to put your finger on. So naturally, I love adding it to pasta.
This spicy miso pasta reminds me of aglio e olio, without the cheese. It’s a totally vegan pasta recipe that’s so easy to make and full of flavor.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
- Miso paste – We normally have white miso paste in our freezer, so this is what we use, but feel free to use whatever type of miso you have on hand.
- Furikake seasoning – If you’ve never used this before it’s a seasoning blend made of sesame, nori, salt and sugar
- Crushed red pepper flakes – This gives us our heat, and can be customized to your taste. Use what you can handle, or leave it out.
- Garlic – Fresh minced garlic is best, but pre-minced from a jar will work great. Just make sure it’s fresh.
How to make spicy miso pasta
Boil the pasta. Heat a large stockpot to boiling. Add the pasta and generously salt the water. Follow the directions on the pacakage and cook until the pasta is al dente. Reserve about 1 cup of pasta water just before draining your pasta.
Make the sauce. In the same pot you cooked the pasta, heat the olive oil to medium. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Sauté until fragrant. This should take about 30 seconds.
Add the miso paste and nice splash of pasta water. Stir until the miso dissolves, adding extra pasta water if you need it.
Toss it all together. Return the pasta back to the pot and toss it in the sauce until it’s completely coated. Add extra pasta water to stretch the sauce if you need it. Season with salt & pepper to taste, if needed.
Garnish and serve. Serve the pasta immediately and garnish each serving with furikake seasoning.
FAQs and tips on making miso pasta
Miso can go bad, but it takes a while. You should keep it stored in the freezer to maintain its freshness.
Bacteria in fermented foods usually dies at 115˚F. This means you don’t want to add the pasta water to the dish immediately, and that’s why we only cook the sauce over medium.
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- 16-ounces spaghetti
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 tablespoons miso paste
- 2 tablespoons furikake seasoning, optional for garnish
- In a large stockpot with salted water, cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water before draining the pasta.
- In the same pot, heat olive oil to medium. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper, sautéing until fragrant – about 30 seconds. Add miso pasta with a few tablespoons of pasta water, and stir until dissolved.
- Return pasta to the pot and toss with sauce until coated, adding additional pasta water if needed.
- Garnish with furikake seasoning before serving.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Spaghetti
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Japanese
- Diet: Vegan
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