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Calling all umami lovers! Miso Tuna spaghetti.

Updated: Oct 1, 2021

Umami rich spaghetti with miso and tuna topped with parmesan cheese by kurumicooks delicious healthy and easy to make Japanese Asian and Fusion cooking for your kitchen

Do you believe in serendipity? I know it doesn't happen very often, but I believe that sometimes, things do just fall into place. I was wondering what to make for supper the other day. One of my sons wanted spaghetti while the other wanted something Japanese. I could have just made something like a natto spaghetti or one using tarako fish eggs. After all, those are the two widely recognised Japanese spaghetti dishes, aren't they?

But, I didn't have any natto in the fridge or any tarako, not even one of the tarako spaghetti packs that you just shake over your spaghetti. So what to do? And then it came to me. I was about to sweat some onions and then I thought - "sweat them in butter and then try adding some miso and soy sauce and see what happens."

Well, what happened was I discovered that after doing just that and stirring in some canned tuna, I had a really rather oishii (tasty) Japanese spaghetti dish all of my own! And it makes a kind of sense - after all, miso butter ramen is one of Japan's most popular noodle dishes so why not do the same with spaghetti? I really think you should try this out - it's quick, easy and, best of all, very good to eat!

So, if you want to put a little umami into your pasta, you can find the written recipe below and the youtube tutorial by clicking Miso Tuna spaghetti or by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Happy cooking! Kurumi XXXX.

I referred to natto spaghetti above. If you want to try out that dish, follow the link Natto Linguine to my recipe for a natto pasta dish. You can substitute spaghetti for the linguine if you wish.


Miso Tuna spaghetti


(makes 2 servings)

180-200g spaghetti

2 medium onions

5 cloves garlic

35g unsalted butter

2 tbsp miso

1.5 tbsp soy sauce

1 tin (145g net) tuna

15g wasabi rocket or wasabi rocket leaves

a pinch of pepper

50g shredded parmesan cheese


how to:

peel, halve and finely chop the onions and garlic

rinse & chop the rocket leaves

melt the butter in a frying pan, add the onion & garlic and fry with the lid on over a medium heat for 15 mins, stirring occasionally

while the onion & garlic is cooking, bring a sauce pan of water to the boil, add the spaghetti and cook according to the packet

when the onion & garlic is ready, add the drained tuna, mix together well over a low heat, add the soy sauce & miso and mix well again over a low heat (you don’t want the miso to cook)

drain the spaghetti & add it to the pan. mix together well

place 1/2 the spaghetti on a plate, top with 1/2 the rocket and sprinkle with 1/2 the parmesan. repeat for the second serving



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