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10 Minute Creamy Gochujang Pasta

20/10/2023

You’ll love this quick and creamy gochujang pasta, ready in only 10 minutes! Spicy and satisfying, use the base recipe for an effortless meal, or amp it up with chicken or veggies to make it go even further.

Tongs plate up a large bowl of creamy gochujang noodles.

Why We Love This

This easy gochujang pasta has all the flavours you know and love from other Korean dishes like tteokbokki or Korean army stew in a super simple and extra creamy pasta sauce. 

It’s so quick to prepare – just 10 minutes to whip up the creamy cheesy gochujang sauce – so you can enjoy it any day for lunch or dinner. 

Leftovers are equally amazing the next day, so feel free to cook up an extra big batch. 

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Try the base gochujang pasta recipe below or amp it up with extra protein or veggies to make it go even further!

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Bowl of creamy gochujang pasta on a dark background.

What is Gochujang Pasta?

Gochujang pasta is a quick and easy recipe perfect for lunch or dinner. It’s made with freshly cooked pasta tossed through with a creamy, cheesy gochujang sauce

This isn’t a traditional Korean recipe but is an East meets West creation all of our own. It combines our love of Korean flavours, delicious pasta and quick prep meals all in one amazingly simple pasta sauce. Enjoy!

What You’ll Need

  • Pasta – You can use any pasta shape you like. Today we’re using fettuccine but also love making this with penne, spirali or shells too. Sub with noodles if you prefer (such as udon noodles, ramen or konjac noodles for a lighter calorie option). Boil until just al dente.
  • Dashi Stock – This adds extra savoury / umami flavour to the gochujang pasta sauce. You can sub with chicken or vegetable stock, or pasta water if you prefer. 
  • Gochujang Sauce – Made with classic Korean seasonings, this flavour packed sauce is so easy to make! See our full recipe for gochujang sauce. We love to keep some on hand in the fridge so it’s ready to go for dishes like this. Otherwise, you can use bibimbap sauce, or regular gochujang paste along with a splash of soy sauce, sesame oil and a clove of garlic if you prefer.
  • Cream – Use thickened cream / heavy cream for a thicker and creamier sauce. Sub with a milk and extra cornstarch / cornflour slurry if you don’t have cream on hand.
  • Parmesan Cheese – This adds extra cheesy flavour AND helps the sauce stick to the pasta. Keep some in reserve to garnish over the top! Sub with tasty or cheddar cheese if you prefer – or use all three!
  • Cornstarch / Cornflour – You may like to add a slurry (cornflour / cornstarch mixed with cold / room temperature water) to thicken the sauce.
Ingredients laid out to make gochujang pasta.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Avoid Lumpy Sauce – This can easily happen if the heat is too high heat, or you added the cornflour without mixing cold water first. Use a whisk to break up any lumps and get your sauce nice and smooth again.
  • Season to Taste – Add salt and pepper to the sauce if you like.
  • Storage – Store for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. If you plan to freeze this dish, keep the pasta and sauce separate so you can thaw the sauce in the fridge overnight first, then slowly reheat to avoid the cream breaking.
  • To Reheat – Place leftovers in a microwave safe bowl and a splash of water (this will help loosen the sauce). Cook on high for a minute, then stir and cook again in short 10-30 second bursts until it’s fully heated through. if you prefer to reheat on the stove, place leftovers in a pot with a splash of water and reheat over low to medium heat. Stir until heated and sauce is creamy.

FAQs

What is gochujang?

Also known as Korean hot pepper paste, this is a fermented Korean chilli paste made with red peppers and glutinous rice. It’s available at Asian grocery stores, well stocked supermarkets in the international aisle, or online. If you can’t source it, you can make a paste out of regular red chilli flakes mixed with sugar and a dash of soy. (Use 1 tablespoon of chilli flakes for every tablespoon of gochujang required). 

What’s the difference between gochujang paste and gochujang sauce?

Gochujang paste is made from fermented Korean red peppers. You can read more about gochujang and its uses here! It’s usually added to other dishes to bring a slightly sweet and spicy tomato-like flavour. 

Gochujang sauce includes gochujang paste mixed with gochugaru red pepper flakes, doenjang (fermented soybean paste similar to miso), soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, sugar and rice wine vinegar.

Why does Korean style gochujang sauce work so well with an Italian style pasta dish?

Surprisingly, because the peppers in gochujang have a tomato-like flavour, like an amped up spicy tomato paste. It actually ends up tasting like a spicy rose sauce. The best part is, because of the added ingredients like dashi and soy sauce, you end up with a dish that has a much bigger depth of flavour than it’s pure Italian counterpart. Cool, hey!

Variations

  • Add Protein – Try it with shrimp / prawns or thinly sliced chicken. Fry separately in olive oil or vegetable oil until just browned, then finish off in the pasta sauce to keep it nice and juicy. 
  • Extra Glossy – Add a knob of butter at the end of cooking and melt it through the sauce.
  • Make It Vegetarian – Use tofu (and kombu only dashi stock) for a vegetarian friendly version instead. You’ll also need to leave out the doenjang (or use miso paste instead) from the gochujang sauce as many brands contain fish for added umami flavour. 
  • Add Veggies – We love this with spinach or kale tossed through the sauce. You could add broccoli or bok choy / gai lan for extra greens. Or why not try it with kimchi for even more flavour. 
  • Optional Garnishes – Sprinkle with extra grated Parmesan cheese, finely slice spring onion / green onion, aonori seaweed flakes or bonito flakes for extra umami. You can also add a splash of rayu chilli oil, shichimi togarashi or gomashio sesame salt.
Bowl of creamy pasta with a black fork woven through the noodles.

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Creamy gochujang pasta twirled around a fork.

10 Minute Creamy Gochujang Pasta

You’ll love this quick and creamy gochujang pasta, ready in only 10 minutes! Spicy and satisfying, use the base recipe for an effortless meal, or amp it up with chicken or veggies to make it go even further.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian, Korean
Servings: 2 People
Calories: 573kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to packet instructions. Drain.
    200 g pasta
  • Meanwhile, pour dashi stock into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add gochujang sauce and stir to loosen. Add thickened cream / heavy cream and bring to a simmer.
    1/2 cup dashi stock, 2 tbsp all purpose gochujang sauce, ⅓ cup thickened cream / heavy cream
  • Add cornstarch / cornflour slurry and stir through to thicken, around 1-2 minutes.
    3 tsp cornstarch / cornflour
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in the parmesan cheese until melted, about another minute.
    3 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • Pour the sauce over the drained pasta, toss together and serve.
  • Optional – Garnish with extra parmesan cheese and/or aonori flakes.

Recipe Notes

  • Storage – Store for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. If you plan to freeze this dish, keep the pasta and sauce separate so you can thaw the sauce in the fridge overnight first, then slowly reheat to avoid the cream breaking.
  • Lumpy Sauce – If you have too high heat, or add the cornflour without adding it to cold water first, use a whisk to get through any lumps and get your sauce nice and smooth again.
  • Add Protein – Try it with prawns or thinly sliced chicken. Fry separately in olive oil or vegetable oil until just browned, then finish off in the pasta sauce to keep it nice and juicy. 
  • Make It Vegetarian – Use tofu (and kombu only dashi stock) for a vegetarian friendly version instead. You’ll also need to leave out the doenjang (or use miso paste instead) from the gochujang sauce as many brands contain fish for added umami flavour. 
  • Add Veggies – We love this with spinach or kale tossed through the sauce. You could add broccoli or bok choy / gai lan for extra greens. Or why not try it with homemade kimchi for even more flavour too. 
  • Optional Garnishes – Sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese, aonori seaweed flakes or bonito flakes for extra umami. You can also add a splash of rayu chilli oil, shichimi togarashi or gomashio sesame salt.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
10 Minute Creamy Gochujang Pasta
Amount per Serving
Calories
573
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
11
g
69
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
50
mg
17
%
Sodium
 
334
mg
15
%
Potassium
 
379
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
84
g
28
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
Vitamin A
 
676
IU
14
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
158
mg
16
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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