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Fusion Spaghetti with Red Cabbage, Shiitake and Miso/Peanut sauce

Some unexpected flavours in your pasta! Feel free to use rice noodles or soba for more "Asian feel". Quick, filling, vibrant and umami-packed dish featuring spaghetti with sauteed cabbage with woody spices, tangy miso soy peanut butter and crunchy topping. Yummy!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: asian, Italian
Keyword: cabbage, miso, mushrooms, pasta
Servings: 2


  • 1/2 head sweetheart (pointed) red cabbage
  • 1 medium onion (yellow or red)
  • 5-6 shitake mushrooms rehydrated from dry or fresh
  • 200 g wholegrain spaghetti or other long noodles
  • 1 tbsp Oil (sunflower or grapeseed) or other neutral tasting oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Caraway seeds
  • salt & pepper to taste

Miso Peanut Sauce

  • 1 tbsp white miso
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup hot water
  • a pinch of cayenne/ chilli powder 

Peanut breadcrumbs topping

  • 1/2 tbsp sunflower or grapeseed oil or vegan butter
  • 4 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp ground peanuts
  • a pinch of salt and onion powder
  • microgreens optional, for serving


  • Warm up a tablespoon of oil in the frying pan. Peel and thinly slice the onion. Put into the pan with a pinch of salt and saute on medium heat.
  • Discard the stems of shitake mushrooms and thinly slice them, add to the pan.
  • Thinly slice/shred the cabbage (can use a mandolin if you have it). Add to the pan with onions. Add cumin and caraway seeds, salt and a generous amount of black pepper. Mix well. Keep sauteing on medium heat, stirring occasionally till cabbage gets soft (15-20 minutes).
  • On a separate non-stick pan heat the oil and toast the breadcrumbs and peanuts with salt and onion powder on medium-high heat stirring constantly till golden. Transfer to a small bowl.
  • Boil the water for the pasta and cook according to the package instructions (about 10 minutes for whole grain spaghetti).
  • For the sauce combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, use a whisk to incorporate everything into a smooth sauce.
  • Drain the pasta and return to the pot. Add the cabbage and sauce to the pasta, mix well. Serve generously topped with peanut breadcrumbs and microgreens.