Quick & delicious: Japanese-style pasta recipes!

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Check out three popular Japanese pasta recipes. These are simple to make and perfect for a quick, delicious meal at home!

Pasta - a popular dish in Japan

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Japanese beloved pasta dish: “Napolitan Spaghetti”

When you think of pasta, you might think of the beloved Italian national dish. But did you know that pasta is also popular in Japan?

In Japanese pasta history, in the 1920s, the spaghetti dish with tomato sauce, sausage, and sliced green peppers called "Napolitan Spaghetti" was created. When people say "pasta" in Japan, they typically mean dishes using "spaghetti."

Since the 1960s, Italian restaurants have become widespread, and pasta dishes have found their way into home cooking. These quick and nutritious pasta meals, combining protein and vegetables ready in 15 to 20 minutes, have become a staple in Japanese households.

Recipe 1: Bacon and Shiitake Mushroom Tomato Pasta

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This is a simple yet popular homemade tomato sauce using canned tomatoes, bacon, onions, and mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms, a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine, add a unique umami flavor with a slightly earthy taste that enhances the dish.

Recipe 2: Shimeji Mushroom and Salmon Spaghetti

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“Salmon pasta” is a favorite in Japan, especially "salmon cream spaghetti" is a popular dish often served at cafes and casual restaurants. This recipe uses smoked salmon and it’s seasoned with garlic and butter. Since the sauce isn’t simmered, it’s a speedy dish.

Recipe 3: Minestrone Soup with Pasta

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Minestrone supposedly became popular in Japan in the 1950s through commercial canned soups. While various ingredient combinations exist, the Japanese version is a tomato-based soup with chunky vegetables. The umami flavors of tomato and soy sauce pair well together, so add Kikkoman Soy Sauce for a deeper flavor.

More about Japanese pasta recipes and information!

Our Cookbook features many quick and easy Japanese-style pasta recipes. Check them out and try something new, like pasta with natto (fermented soybeans)! And you can find more details about Japanese-style pasta on the Food Forum.

These three pasta recipes are just a taste of what you'll find on our Instagram account. Beyond mouthwatering dishes, we offer a delightful window into Japanese culture, regram scrumptious creations from fans who have tried recipes from the Kikkoman family, and introduce recipes from our global group companies. If you whip up a pasta masterpiece, share your culinary journey by tagging it with #KikkomanLife - we'd love to celebrate your cooking adventures with you!

Published on Jun 17, 2024