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Updated: Apr 18, 2022

Simply divine tomato pasta with Japanese twist!! It’s truly my family's favorite!

I make this once a week for my kids since they love this!!

What makes this recipe unique is that I’m using salted rice malt and mirin as the main condiments. Salted rice malt and mirin are both fermented products. Fermented products elevate all the dish to the next level. This tomato pasta is not an exception!

The sauce is thick, creamy, nutritious and rich in taste but so so EASY to make.

This tomato sauce itself is vegan, so you can modify your dish as you like by customizing your toppings.

<Yield> 3 servings

<Prep time> 5 minutes

<Cook time> 15 minutes


3 portions spaghetti

3 or 4 large tomatoes

4 cloves garlic

6 tablespoons olive oil

2 ½ tablespoons salted rice malt

1 teaspoon Mirin

<Optional toppings>


poached or grilled chicken


1. Mince the garlic finely. Chop the tomato roughly.

2. In a pan add in the minced garlic and olive oil then put the heat on high. Once the garlic become fragrant, add in the tomatoes. Lower the heat to medium. Gently stir it and pop a lid on.

3. After a couple of minutes, open the lid and add in 2 tbsp of salted rice malt. Cook it until the sauce becomes soupy. Once it becomes soupy, lower the heat to low and thicken the sauce, stirring periodically.

4. Remove the skins from the tomatoes. Adjust the taste by adding in mirin and salted rice malt. Once the sauce has reduced by half, remove from heat.

5. Cook the pasta and transfer it into the pan. Toss the pasta with the tomato sauce. Add in cheese if you want to.

6. Serve on your plate. Garnish with some herbs. Sprinkle with some parmesan cheese and black pepper. Now it's ready to be enjoyed!



-The toppings are endless. You can add in more cheese, chicken, broccoli, asparagus or any kind of seasonal vegetable would be perfect!


-If you are swapping the salted rice malt for salt, keep in mind that salt is way saltier than salted rice malt so please don’t add too much salt. Start with adding 2 tsp of salt, it should be enough.

- If your tomatoes are not ripe enough, please balance out the sweetness with mirin. The riper they are, the sweeter the sauce becomes naturally.

-This tomato sauce can go with grilled fish, chicken. It's also good for pizza sauce! Make a batch and save it for later!

<Storage time>

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

<MIWA’s recommendations♡>

- First E-cookbooks are now available! I hope this will be helpful and enjoyable in your kitchen^^

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-If you need very sharp quality knife, I highly recommend this handmade Japanese knife made by 80 years old Japanese maker!


More recipe using salted rice malt


-Chicken soup

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