Easy Wafu Pasta with Shrimp and Asparagus (Gluten Free) 海老とアスパラガスの簡単和風パスタ (グルテンフリー) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Easy Wafu Pasta with Shrimp and Asparagus

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: pasta, shrimp
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
This Japanese-style wafu pasta with shrimp and asparagus is seasoned with soy sauce and flavorful dashi broth.  You can make it in less than 30 minutes and it’s also gluten free!
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Ingredients

  • ¼ red onion (1/4 onion = 2.5 oz = 70 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 oz asparagus (6 oz = 170 g)
  • 10 large prawn (peeled and deveined)(10 prawns = 0.6 oz = 260 g)
  • salt (kosher or sea salt; use half if using table salt)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½-2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-2 dried red chili pepper (seeds removed) (optional)
  • ¼-1/3 cup dashi (60-80 ml)
  • 1 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • crushed red peppers (red pepper flakes) (optional)
  • 8 oz gluten free pasta (4 oz/113 g per person; I used linguini)

Instructions

  1. Gather all the ingredients and bring a big pot of water to boil.

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  2. Meanwhile cut red onion and garlic cloves into thin slices.
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  3. Cut asparagus diagonally and separate spears and stalks, we will sauté asparagus stalks first as they take longer to cook.
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  4. Sprinkle kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on prawn. If your prawn is not peeled or deveined, you can check my tutorial for instructions.
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  5. Once the pasta water is boiling, for 4QT (16 cups or 3.8L) add 2 Tbsp salt. As we will cook the pasta a little longer after draining, cook it 1 minute less than the directions on the package.
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  6. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When it’s hot, add prawn and cook until the bottom side is nicely browned, about 2-3 minutes. Don’t touch the shrimp until it releases itself from the skillet. Once it has nice char on one side, you can easily flip.
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  7. When the one side of the shrimp is nicely browned, flip and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes. Once the shrimp are nicely golden brown, transfer to a plate and set aside.
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  8. Lower the heat to medium low, add the butter and swirl around.
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  9. Add the red onion and garlic slices and sauté for 1 minute. If you like spicy pasta, add chili pepper now. Increase the heat to medium and add the stalks of asparagus. Sauté for about 3 minutes, until asparagus stalks become tender.
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  10. Then add the spears of asparagus and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the asparagus are tender but still nice and crisp.
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  11. Add the prawn back in to the skillet and increase the heat to medium high heat. Add dashi.
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  12. Add gluten free soy sauce and adjust based on your preference.
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  13. Add the cooked pasta and toss to combine with the ingredients. If you like, sprinkle freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately. Optionally, you can garnish with chili pepper flake.
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Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.