pasta & recipes: jpasta soy sauce and butter spaghetti

Soy Sauce and Butter Spaghetti Pasta Japanese Style Pasta Recipe

Japanese cuisine can sometimes be thought of as bland, to the point of being boring. The whole point of Japanese food is to focus on the sheer freshness of the ingredients that are complemented by the simplicity of what is mixed with them. Take the variations of sashimi. It’s slices of the freshest fish, from tuna to salmon, served raw! To accentuate just how fresh the fish is, you can squeeze a bit of lemon on it and lightly dip it in soy sauce mixed with wasabi. That’s it!

This makes me wonder, what if components from Japanese cooking were mixed with traditional Western cuisine such as Italian, much like Soy Sauce and Butter Spaghetti. Sounds catastrophic? Well, guess again. It is simply divine! It is no wonder that the increase in popularity in preparing Japanese and Italian food is because they are pretty much straight forward. You can practically imagine the clean, sometimes rich, and always promising flavors that abound.

Much like Japanese cooking, Italian cuisine is characterized by its simplicity and its roots can be traced as far back as the 4th century BC. Italian cuisine was also heavily inspired by other cuisines such as Greek, Roman, Arab, and Jewish. Diversity in ingredients such as tomatoes, potatoes, corn, and bell peppers was embraced with the discovery of the New World in the 18th century and still remains an important part of Italian cooking. Most of the Italian dishes are composed of only four to eight ingredients with freshness being a top priority. So the marriage between Japanese and Italian influence and ingredients would ultimately be a culinary explosion of delightful and orgasmic flavors that come alive with every bite. Having tried this via frozen cuisine once, I was determined to recreate it.

As should be said when you taste such a gastronomically delightful dish… esquisita oishi! For the recipe, really it’s so simply, just add a bit of butter and soy sauce (to taste) to the pan, toss it a bit, and place any toppings that tickle your fancy!

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27 comments

  • October 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm //

    What a simple and healthy spaghetti,looks great as always.

    • October 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm //

      Thank you Ridwan!

  • October 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm //

    I’ve actually never thought of Japanese food as bland….but that may or may not be because I’m a soy sauce junkie.

    Love this pasta! I’m always up for fusion food and this sounds delicious!

    • October 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm //

      Hi Joanne, neither did I until I traveled throughout Japan, I was so shocked at the in-flexibility of sushi, but what I loved the most was how the cuisine was fused with European and American dishes/flavors. Butter and Soy sauce really mesh well with pan seared fish, veggies, eggplant is really lovely. I hope you give it a try.

  • October 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm //

    What a gorgeous presentation!
    I have always loved Japanese food, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this. :)

    • October 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm //

      Thank you Kiri!

  • October 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm //

    Such an interesting combo – I can totally see how this would work and be delicious!! Amazing photography as always.

    • October 23, 2011 at 8:53 am //

      Thank you Katherine, soy sauce and butter really do work well together.

  • October 23, 2011 at 3:37 am //

    I’m so happy you know about Japanese pasta!!!!! Yes, we add a little bit of soy sauce to the pasta and make it Japanese style (wafu pasta)! I shared Japanese pasta once (or twice? forgot) and I had received many emails from readers that they liked surprisingly liked it. This pasta looks delicious! I like how you say Jpasta. It sounds cool! =)

    • October 23, 2011 at 8:52 am //

      Hey Nami, Jpasta has a nice ring to it huh? “wink” Soy Sauce and Butter go so well together ne? Thank you for commenting!

  • October 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm //

    Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments!

  • October 23, 2011 at 8:02 pm //

    Simplicity is usually best. This looks wonderful..

    • October 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm //

      Totally!

  • October 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm //

    Love to read your explanations along with your recipes. Wow, this is an absolutely beautiful picture too…looks so delicious!

    • October 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm //

      Thank you, we are so happy you are really enjoying the posts, and thank you so much for commenting.

  • October 25, 2011 at 3:00 am //

    This dish looks simple yet, I can imagine it tasting great. And I believe I may have even had this dish before at a potluck dinner with friends. Great job with the photo!

    • October 25, 2011 at 11:32 am //

      Hi Sharon, soy sauce and butter really mesh well together! I don’t think I’ve been to a potluck dinner since I was a child, I remember how fun they used to be/are. Thank you for commenting.

  • October 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm //

    Japanese pasta is always one of my favorites. So simple but flavorful!

    • October 26, 2011 at 10:18 am //

      That’s wonderful Lindsey, thank you so much for commenting.

    • October 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm //

      Thank you Stephanie!

  • October 26, 2011 at 10:55 am //

    This looks delicious! A wonderful recipe that sounds super tasty and very simple :) Thanks!

    • October 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm //

      Thank you Amalia.

  • October 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm //

    Love your spaghetti . Japanese cuisine is very healthy and visually beautiful

  • October 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm //

    This is not only appetizing…the elegance of the presentation is spot on! I love the fusion of culture in this dish and will definitely give it a try!

  • October 31, 2011 at 1:13 am //

    I think the simpler a spaghetti is, the better! This definitely sounds like something we could put together quickly during the busy work week =)