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Gochujang Pasta Delight: A Fusion Twist on Comfort Food

Hey there, fellow food enthusiasts! Today, I’m bringing you a recipe that will elevate your pasta game to a new level – Gochujang Pasta. If you’re a fan of bold flavors and a touch of spice, this Korean-inspired dish is going to be your next culinary obsession. Combining the heat of gochujang with the creaminess of pasta, this recipe is a fusion twist on comfort food that you didn’t know you needed. 

The star ingredient of this recipe is Gochujang aka Korean chili paste which can be used in various ways, from marinades and dipping sauces to soups and stews. Today, I’ll be showcasing its versatility by incorporating it into a creamy pasta sauce. So, gather your ingredients, and let’s embark on this flavorful journey together!

What is gochujang?

Gochujang is a Korean chili paste made from fermented soybeans, glutinous rice, and red chili peppers. The main ingredient in gochujang is a type of red chili pepper called gochu, which is known for its vibrant red color. The level of spice in Gochujang can vary, but it is generally considered to be moderately spicy. On the Scoville Heat Scale, which measures the heat or spiciness of chili peppers and chili pepper-containing products, Gochujang typically falls in the range of 1,000 to 8,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). This places it at a level that many people find enjoyable without being overwhelmingly spicy.

Gochujang adds a unique umami-rich, spicy kick to dishes, making it a versatile ingredient in Korean cuisine.

Gochujang Pasta

Ingredients to make Gochujang Pasta

– 1 cup Rigatoni pasta

– 1 ½ tbsp gochujang

– Minced garlic, sliced

– Bacon or protein of choice

– 1 cup heavy cream

– ¼ cup pasta water

– 1/4 cup grated parmesan

– 1 tbsp butter (optional)

– Pinch of salt (adjust to taste)

– ½ tsp sugar

Garnishing

– Minced chives

– Grated parmesan

Gochujang Paste

How to make perfect gochujang pasta

  • Cook Rigatoni pasta according to package instructions. Remember, no rinsing.
  • In a pan, cook bacon until crispy. Set aside and remove excess fat.
  • In the same pan, saute minced garlic with olive oil until fragrant. 
  • Mix in gochujang, heavy cream, and pasta water. Stir until well combined. 
  • Strain the garlic for a smoother sauce.
  • Toss in cooked pasta, bacon, grated parmesan, and butter (if using). Continue stirring until the pasta is coated evenly.
  • Season with salt and sugar to balance the flavors. Adjust according to your taste preferences.
  • Serve hot, garnished with minced chives and grated parmesan.
Gochujang Pasta

What type of protein can you use in gochujang pasta?

When it comes to the protein, feel free to get creative. Whether you prefer the smokiness of bacon, chicken, or tofu, the choice is yours. Today, I’ll be using bacon to add a savory element to our Gochujang Pasta.

Where do you buy gochujang?

Gochujang is widely available in most grocery stores, even at some American stores in the Asian aisle. You can also find it in Asian markets or order it online from Amazon. Look for a reputable brand to ensure authentic flavor.

Gochujang Pasta

Tips to make perfect gochujang pasta?

Don’t rinse your pasta

After you’ve cooked your Rigatoni pasta to al dente perfection, there’s a crucial step that may go against your instincts: resist the urge to rinse your pasta. I know, it might feel counterintuitive, but trust me, this seemingly unconventional move is key to achieving the perfect Gochujang Pasta. When you rinse pasta under cold water, you wash away the surface starch that has been released during cooking. This starch is like culinary glue, helping the sauce adhere to the pasta and creating a creamier, more velvety texture.

Keep the heat moderate when preparing the sauce

Gochujang is a delicate balance of flavors derived from the fermentation process, and subjecting it to high heat can alter its nuanced taste. When you’re sautéing the garlic and melding it with the gochujang, heavy cream, and pasta water, make sure to keep the flames at a medium level.

There you have it – a mouthwatering Gochujang Pasta that’s creamy, spicy, and downright delicious. Enjoy this delightful fusion dish.


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