What's for dinner: Miso garlic chicken pasta

I think it's actually been a month since I made this recipe! See blog, this is how much I've neglected you *hug* but I think it's finally time to post this one.  I'm stupidly quite proud of this recipe because it's not just my usual tweaking of real recipes, but an honest-to-god made up one I just threw together one night!

Ad-libbing is the best part of cooking imo and probably why I haven't been super into baking yet - that, and I don't own a mixer (product review people???).  Also, baking doesn't entirely scream healthy living to me, although I wholeheartedly believe that baked goods are an essential part of life and happiness.

Anyways, you are probably wondering what I'm babbling on about.  Below is the finished product of my experimentation:




So how did I make this?

It all started with miso.  I had made miso dressings, but I wanted to know - could I make a miso pasta sauce??  Yes, yes you can.

To do this, you'll need:

  • 4 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1.5 large chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1/2 packet of whole wheat spaghetti (bonus HP!)
  • parmesan, to taste
  • 2 tbsp miso
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tsp mirin, or you could use sugar, to taste
  • lemon juice




Cook the pasta to desired texture in a pot of boiling, generously salted water.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the miso, S&P, olive oil, and mirin.  Stir vigoursly.  A fork or whisk would be ideal here, but I used a spoon just fine.  Stir till you get the consistency above and taste.  Add more miso if you want it saltier; more sugar or mirin if you want it more sweet.  You could even add some dashes of lemon juice for extra zing!  The mixture is entirely up to you.

In a saucepan, cook the chicken until it's a nice golden color, usually around 5-7 minutes. Put aside.

When the pasta is done, drain and set aside.  Then throw the garlic and onions into the pot along with a teeny bit of oil (make sure your pot is dry inside first, or else you will send off a storm of oil spitting up at you!).  Once the onions are browned, throw in the tomatoes and cook until their juices are just beginning to ooze out.  Now comes the fun part.  Turn off your stove and throw in your pasta, chicken and the sauce and toss it all together.  Sprinkle with as much parmesan as necessary and then add a bunch more.  Eat.

Serves: well, I was eating this for lunch and dinner over a week, so I would say at least a couple dinners for 2, it really depends on how much pasta you like

Time: 45 mins

Happy eating!

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8 comments

  1. Noms! I'll have to try this some day and sub the chopped onions.. Cannot chop onions!!
    I also don't own a mixer. Maybe a really good mixer will go on sale on Boxing day for us ;P

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  2. looks so yummy! now I wanna try this!

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  3. never would have related miso and pasta together but looks yummy. will try when i get a chance. have a great weekend.

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  4. so cuuuteee :)

    http://glamourgirl-bg.blogspot.com/

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  5. waah i love your new blog.
    the pasta looks so yumm... wanna taste it. :)

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  6. Look at you, getting more creative in the kitchen! Well done :)

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