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This vibrant spicy Kimchi Pasta is made with just a handful of ingredients and comes together in the time it takes to boil pasta.

Kimchi Pasta

Vibrant, spicy and ultra-flavorful, Kimchi Pasta makes for a quick weeknight entree, or a stunning side for a more elaborate meal, like this Gochujang Braised Pork Belly , or a thick juicy steak . While it's neither Korean nor Italian, Kimchi Pasta captures the spirit of both cuisines, and like most great pastas, it relies on just a handful of simple ingredients to imbue the humble strands of pasta with a deceptive amount of flavor.

Course Entree, Sides
Cuisine Italian, Korean
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Pasta
Diet Low Sugar
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 761 kcal


  • 160 grams spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup kimchi juice (squeezed from kimchi)
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 7 grams garlic (1 large clove, minced)
  • 150 grams pork belly (thinly sliced and then cut into strips)
  • 110 grams squeezed kimchi (~1/2 packed cup, chopped)
  • 3 thin scallions (cut into 2-inch lengths)
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano (for serving)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and boil the spaghetti for 1 minute less than what the package directions say.
  2. Make the kimchi pasta sauce by stirring the gochujang into the kimchi juice until there are no lumps remaining.
    Kimchi pasta sauce is just gochujang mixed with kimchi juice.
  3. About 5 minutes before the pasta is done, add the olive oil and garlic to a frying pan and saute over medium heat until the garlic is very fragrant.
    Make the kimchi pasta by sauteeing some garlic in olive oil.
  4. Add the pork belly and spread it around the pan, stirring occasionally until it's mostly cooked through.
    Fry some pork belly before adding the kimchi.
  5. Add the kimchi and saute until it's fragrant and starting to brown.
    Stir-fry the pork belly and kimchi until the kimchi has browned.
  6. When the pasta is done drain it, add it to the pan with the kimchi, along with the sauce and scallions. Toss to coat evenly. The kimchi pasta is done when there is no liquid left at the bottom of the pan and the noodles are evenly coated.
    Finish the kimchi pasta by adding the scallions and sauce and tossing to coat evenly.
Nutrition Facts
Kimchi Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 761 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 346mg10%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.