After experimenting with various ways to make a Creamy Vegan Miso Pasta Sauce, I’m so happy to have finally come up with this delicious 4-ingredient sauce.
It’s made with white miso, mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine – you can substitute with any sweetener), unsweetened almond milk (you can substitute for another kind of milk eg. soy milk, but I find almond milk has the mildest flavour so works well in this sauce without overpowering the other flavours) and soy sauce (or tamari if gluten-free).
The sauce is really enhanced by the leeks too – they become golden brown and caramelised and add so much delicious flavour to the dish.
And you can enjoy it even if you’re not vegan or lactose-intolerant – think of it as an interesting, healthier and lighter alternative to carbonara sauce. Also, if you’re not veggie, you can add things such as chicken or salmon.
I decided to add edamame, as they not only compliment the taste of the miso well and are in keeping with the dish’s Japanese theme, but are also packed full of protein and fibre. I also added mushrooms for extra flavour and nutrients – I like to use shiitake mushrooms, but you can use whatever mushrooms you like. I use this Clearspring Sweet White Miso which you can buy in most supermarkets/health stores. As for the edamame, you can find them in the frozen food aisle of most supermarkets.
This super simple would be great to try if you’re stuck in a food rut and are looking for a new quick dinner idea.
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- 2 portions pasta of choice (gluten-free if necessary - I used brown rice penne)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 leek, finely sliced
- Handful of edamame beans
- Handful of shiitake mushrooms, finely sliced
- 2 heaped teaspoons sweet white miso (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- 1 tablespoon mirin (or 1/2 teaspoon any other sweetener)
- 120ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari if gluten-free), to taste
- Boil pasta according to instructions on packet - if using frozen edamame add that too, so you can boil it at the same time
- Heat oil in frying pan and add leeks and mushrooms once the oil is hot - fry until the leeks are soft, golden brown and slightly caramelised
- Meanwhile, place all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and mix well
- Drain the pasta and edamame once the pasta's cooked and add to the frying pan
- Add the sauce and mix well - add more almond milk if it's looking too dry, taste and add more soy sauce or salt to taste