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Creamy Gochujang Pasta

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Make this creamy Gochujang pasta in under 10 minutes. This is a trending tiktok recipe that you don’t want to miss out on.
Prep time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
£0.77
Makes: 5
mains
Korean
Freezable

I first saw this creamy Gochujang pasta recipe trending online. I had never thought to use Gochujang in a pasta recipe and definitely never thought to use it within a creamy, cheesy sauce. 

Spaghetti with a tomatoey sauce in a pas topped with grated parmesan and some tongs used to mix the pasta.

Why you should make this recipe

The result of adding a little Gochujang with garlic, parmesan, cream and pasta water, makes the richest, spicy, yet creamy pasta sauce. The flavour is so complex with minimal effort for this trending recipeDoes it get any easier than using 5 ingredients and only 10 minutes of your time? It’s hard to compete with. 

Other Gochujang recipes you should. try after this one: Gochujang Noodles (Spicy Korean Noodles), Turkey Mince Recipe with Rice (Gochujang Fried Rice) and Gochujang Turkey Noodles

What is Gochujang?

Gochujang is also known as Korean BBQ sauce and is a fundamental ingredient in Korean dishes. It’s a thick red paste made from chillies, fermented soybeans, rice, and salt. Some versions of this spicy, sweet sauce use dried chilli flakes or chilli powder instead of chillies to provide a similar kick of heat.

The paste has a deliciously sweet yet spicy flavour and is often in sauces, marinades, and soups that need a taste boost. Its thicker consistency means that it is mixed with another liquid in most recipes to make it easier to use. 

Where can I buy Gochujang?
It is becoming more widely used so you can find it in most large supermarkets. If your local supermarket fails to supply them, try visiting your local Asian food store. 

Tomatoey pasta topped with parmesan in a bowl with mushrooms and broccoli.

Ingredients

Ingredients to make the pasta with Gochujang laid out on a pale blue background and labelled.

Gochujang Paste
It provides the most prominent flavour, helping turn the dish into a sweet, spicy recipe.

Parmesan
A salty, cheesy, umami-packed flavour bomb that completes this Korean cream pasta.

Single cream
A little single cream goes a long way here. When combined with pasta water and parmesan, we achieve the best creamy, cheesy foundation for our Gochujang to thrive on. 

Spaghetti
You can use your favourite pasta shape here. I chose spaghetti as I think it really pairs well with our creamy Gochujang sauce. Tagliatelle would work well, along with fusilli or spirali pasta. 

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to make creamy Gochujang pasta

  1. Start by adding the spaghetti to heavily salted pasta water. Set your timer to 2 minutes minus the packet time. Then to a large/ deep pan, add the olive oil, chilli flakes and garlic. Gently fry on a (very) low heat for around 2 minutes (Image 1).
  2. Next, add the Gochujang paste into the pan to fry for a couple of minutes (Image 2).
2 step by step photos; the first with garlic frying in the pan and the second with Gochujang paste mixed with garlic in same pan.

3. Loosen the sauce with 2 ladles of pasta water and continue to cook over low heat (Image 3).

4. Once reduced, ensuring that the Gochujang sauce isn’t boiling (reduce/turn off the heat) (Image 4).

2 step by step photos; the first with tomatoey sauce and wooden spoon and the second with then sauce reduced in same pan.

5. Then add the cream into the pan with the parmesan. Stir to form a creamy sauce, adding another ladle of pasta water (Image 5).

6. Add the undercooked spaghetti into the pan and stir to combine, gently heating as you stir. The pasta water should thicken into an emulsified cheesy sauce. Keep adding pasta water as necessary and once the pasta is fully cooked, serve immediately with an extra sprinkle of parmesan (Image 6).

2 step by step photos; the first with creamy Gochujang sauce and the second with spaghetti mixed in same pan.

Serve with tenderstem broccoli and mushrooms sauted with fry light (place in 5 meal prep containers).

Tomatoey spaghetti in a bowl with a fork topped with grated parmesan and serve with mushrooms and broccoli.

What to serve with this recipe

Whilst this Gochujang paste recipe does have over 20g of protein, to ensure we have a balance of nutrients, pair this recipe with your fave veggies. I chose to air fry some mushrooms and tenderstem broccoli. 

Other veggies/sides that would work well with this creamy Gochujang pasta: Cavolo Nero with Garlic & Lemon, Air Fryer Green Beans, Mange-tout, Chinese cabbage and Green side salad  

If you want to add more protein to this recipe: Seared turkey steaks, Turkey mince, Pork mince, Crispy pan-fried firm tofu and Shredded chicken breast

Tips for best results

  • Cook the pasta until al dente, as it will continue to cook when you add the sauce.
  • Make sure you reserve some pasta water, before draining the cooked pasta. You can use this water to loosen the creamy sauce and pasta in case the sauce becomes too thick. 
  • Adjust the amount of Gochujang paste according to your preferred spice level and taste.
  • You can add additional protein to this recipe, eg chicken or fish as both will go equally well.
Half photo of bowl of spaghetti with mushrooms and broccoli on a green bowl on a white background.

FAQS

Can I reheat this recipe? 

Yes you can! To prevent drying out when reheating, add a tbsp or two of water into the bowl with one serving. Pop in the microwave for two minutes, stirring once after 1 minute. Serve with an extra sprinkle of parmesan and a sprinkle of chilli flakes, if you wanna really turn the heat up. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days

Can I freeze this recipe?

Yes, for up to 3 months. To defrost, thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature overnight. Then, follow the steps above to reheat and enjoy. 

What type of pasta is best for this recipe?

I love the spaghetti with the cream Gochujang sauce, but you can use any type of pasta for example, linguine, fettuccine, fusilli and even orzo.

Is Gochujang very spicy?

The level of spice depends of the brand and also which Gochujang paste you buy. Always start by using a little in the sauce to try and spice up depending of your taste.

Other quick dinner recipes you should try out…Halloumi Pasta, Crispy Chilli Chicken (Healthy Fakeaway Chinese) and Spicy Chili Oil Ramen Noodles

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Creamy Gochujang Pasta

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4.44 from 141 votes
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
£0.77
mains
Korean
Freezable
Servings: 5
Make this creamy Gochujang pasta in under 10 minutes. This is a trending tiktok recipe that you don’t want to miss out on.

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Gochujang paste (£2.50/5)=(£0.50)
  • 100 g parmesan (£1.60)
  • 150 ml single cream (£1.10/2)=(£0.55)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (£0.39)
  • 500 g spaghetti £0.80

Cupboard Essentials

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes, optional

Method

  • Add spaghetti to heavily salted pasta water. Set your timer to 2 minutes minus the packet time.
  • To a large/ deep pan, add the olive oil, chilli flakes and garlic. Gently fry on a (very) low heat for around 2 minutes.
  • Next, add the Gochujang paste into the pan to fry for a couple of minutes, before loosening with 2 ladles of pasta water.
  • Ensuring that the Gochujang sauce isn’t boiling (reduce the heat), add the cream into the pan with the parmesan. Stir to form a creamy sauce, adding another ladle of pasta water.
  • Add the undercooked spaghetti into the pan and stir to combine, gently heating as you stir. The pasta water should thicken into an emulsified cheesy sauce. Keep adding pasta water as necessary and once the pasta is fully cooked, serve immediately with an extra sprinkle of parmesan.

Serve with tenderstem broccoli and mushrooms sauted with fry light.

    Notes

    • Cook pasta al dente and as when you add the sauce the pasta will continue to cook.
    • Reserve some pasta water to adjust the thickness of the sauce/spaghetti.
    • Adjust Gochujang paste to taste and consider serving with some additional protein such as chicken or fish.

    Nutrition

    Servings: 5 servings
    Fat: 15g
    Calories: 546kcal
    Carbohydrates: 81g
    Protein: 21g

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