Uni Pasta Recipe : Impress Friends in 10 Minutes

By Tsz on August 23, 2011


One of my favorite dishes to order at Japanese-Italian cafes is uni spaghetti. Although uni is the female ovaries of the sea urchin (not too sexy sounding), there’s just something about al dente pasta swimming in rich oceanic goodness that I just can’t find anywhere else.

Unfortunately, the closest cafe from my house is about an hour away. That, paired with my distaste for traffic means I can only partake in this special dish maybe a handful of times during the year. Simply unacceptable.

So, I began experimenting in the kitchen and created my own version. It’s quick, made with just with few ingredients and an all-around crowd pleaser, making it part of my arsenal for quick entertaining.

If you have 10 minutes, you need to give this a try!

Uni Pasta
Serves 2

1/2 pound Angel Hair
1 tray fresh uni
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon white miso
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 cup cream
1 egg (optional)
Togarashi
Sesame seeds
Nori strips
Parsley, chopped
Salt

1. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water.

2. Meanwhile, mix the butter, miso and 3/4 tray of uni in a bowl until they’re more or less homogenized. Stir in the crushed garlic, cream and egg (if you like the sauce to be thicker). Sprinkle in togarashi to taste depending on your tolerance to heat.

3. When the pasta is al dente, quickly drain and toss with the uni butter mixture. The heat from the pasta will melt the butter and cook the uni so it becomes a luxurious silky sauce.

4. Plate the pasta on two plates. Divvy the remaining uni and place them on top. Sprinkle with more togarashi, sesame seed, nori strips and parsley according to your preference and dig in!

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  • CATHY CHAPLIN

    This looks absolutely phenomenal! FEED ME!

  • http://millionsofmorsels.com/ yulree

    AMAZING!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    I’ll trade you for some of your baked goodies :)

  • Mercy Chang

    I tried your recipe. It is very close to the one I had in the restaurant, but sadly something is missing from it… I can’t put my finger on it, but it lacks a depth of flavor that the staursnt dish has. Maybe I needed to use Shias leaves instead of parsley?

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Ah, good suggestion! I agree that shiso would make it more similar to the restaurant version. 

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Ah, good suggestion! I agree that shiso would make it more similar to the restaurant version. 

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Ah, good suggestion! I agree that shiso would make it more similar to the restaurant version. 

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Ah, good suggestion! I agree that shiso would make it more similar to the restaurant version. 

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Ah, good suggestion! I agree that shiso would make it more similar to the restaurant version. 

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Ah, good suggestion! I agree that shiso would make it more similar to the restaurant version. 

  • http://www.towerdeli.com/ catering Fort Lauderdale

    Uni spaghetti is one of the many variations of this well-loved dish and your version is a great addition to it. Your cooking instruction is very easy to follow. Surely, a lot of cooking enthusiasts and food lovers will be thrilled to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  • Janice Williams

    I had this dish once in LA back in 2005 and since then I have been craving for it!! Now I live in Dallas and we just don’t have any unique restaurant here!! Thank you for posting this recipe coz now i can just make it at home!! Just made this dish again for my hubby for V day yesterday!! He loved it!! I am passing this recipe to my friends too!!! Please post more this kind of unique recipe up on your blog more often!!! Thank you and love your blog!!

  • Janice Williams

    I had this dish once in LA back in 2005 and since then I have been craving for it!! Now I live in Dallas and we just don’t have any unique restaurant here!! Thank you for posting this recipe coz now i can just make it at home!! Just made this dish again for my hubby for V day yesterday!! He loved it!! I am passing this recipe to my friends too!!! Please post more this kind of unique recipe up on your blog more often!!! Thank you and love your blog!!

  • Janice Williams

    I had this dish once in LA back in 2005 and since then I have been craving for it!! Now I live in Dallas and we just don’t have any unique restaurant here!! Thank you for posting this recipe coz now i can just make it at home!! Just made this dish again for my hubby for V day yesterday!! He loved it!! I am passing this recipe to my friends too!!! Please post more this kind of unique recipe up on your blog more often!!! Thank you and love your blog!!

  • Janice Williams

    I had this dish once in LA back in 2005 and since then I have been craving for it!! Now I live in Dallas and we just don’t have any unique restaurant here!! Thank you for posting this recipe coz now i can just make it at home!! Just made this dish again for my hubby for V day yesterday!! He loved it!! I am passing this recipe to my friends too!!! Please post more this kind of unique recipe up on your blog more often!!! Thank you and love your blog!!

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Thanks for reading!

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Thanks for reading!

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Thanks for reading!

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Thanks for reading!

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Thanks for reading!

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Yay! Glad to help make Vday a success for you and your love. Stay tuned, got some more restaurant dish hacks in the works :)

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Yay! Glad to help make Vday a success for you and your love. Stay tuned, got some more restaurant dish hacks in the works :)

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Yay! Glad to help make Vday a success for you and your love. Stay tuned, got some more restaurant dish hacks in the works :)

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Yay! Glad to help make Vday a success for you and your love. Stay tuned, got some more restaurant dish hacks in the works :)

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Yay! Glad to help make Vday a success for you and your love. Stay tuned, got some more restaurant dish hacks in the works :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/quinn.tran Quinn Tran

    I made this and it was AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/quinn.tran Quinn Tran

    I made this and it was AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/quinn.tran Quinn Tran

    I made this and it was AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Awesome! Glad you like it :)

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Awesome! Glad you like it :)

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Awesome! Glad you like it :)

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Awesome! Glad you like it :)

  • http://twitter.com/Gastrophoria Gastrophoria

    Awesome! Glad you like it :)