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7 Simple yet Succulent Matcha Pasta Dishes

7 Simple yet Succulent Matcha Pasta Dishes

Matcha and pasta seems to have some similarities, historically and culturally speaking. Both edibles are practically national staples; with the green tea powder being integral to the Japanese people’s regular diets, much as the same way that pasta is one of the Italians’ basic source of nourishment. History states that matcha was brought to Japan in 1191 by a Buddhist monk, while the earliest written reference about commercial production of pasta in Sicily dates back to 1154. 

Interestingly, it took several centuries of existence before an explosive development happened to each of the said foodstuffs. For pasta, it was in the early 19th century when tomato sauce was first introduced into it. And since then thousands of pasta dish variations were born across the globe, with more new recipes being made in every passing generation. Matcha on the other hand, gained worldwide recognition only at the turn of this millennium. From the rise in popularity of matcha latte, the vibrant green tea powder marched on to penetrate every single quarter of today’s culinary realm.


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Matcha and pasta’s auspicious meeting in this era has produced many delicious and nutritious dishes for this generation to enjoy. Many of which, were creative outputs of professional chefs, but an equally great number were just conceptualized in home kitchens. Listed below are some really great matcha-infused pasta dishes that you can try at home. They were authored by various talented and food savvy individuals who are sharing their work through their respective blogs.


1. Farfalle Italiane with Matcha Green Tea, Pistachio, Raisins & Zucchini

Accomplished travel and food writer and photographer Rowena Dumlao – Giardina chronicles her culinary journey in Italy, her adoptive homeland since getting married in the 90’s, through her blog Aprons and Sneakers. The gorgeous and flavorful dish pictured below is part of the collection of her original recipes. It smartly espoused classic Italian flavors with Asian’s through the inclusion of the antioxidant-rich green tea powder in the mix.

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Rowena’s dish features the beautiful bow tie-shaped farfalle Italiane, which looks really appetizing on the plate with its Italian flag colors. Her easy-to-follow vegetarian pasta recipe also listed zucchini, raisins and pistachios as main ingredients. As for cooking implements, seasonings and garnish, you would need olive oil and fennel leaves, as well as salt and pepper to make the dish in your own kitchen.

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2. Gluten Free Matcha Pesto Pasta

This dish will not only delight those who suffer from Celiac Disease or gluten allergy, but everyone else, whether you have any digestive disorders or not. In fact, this dish infused with the chlorophyll-rich green tea powder helps protect our system from viruses that cause fatigue, infection and digestive distress, as well as from the more menacing carcinogens. This delicious pasta plate (shown below) is one of the many amazing recipes posted in Simply Gluten-free, the culinary blog of celebrity chef, magazine founder and cookbook author Carol Kicinski.

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Not only that matcha will be instilled in the water along with San-J tamari for boiling the gluten-free spaghetti noodles in this recipe, it will also be blended with basil, olive oil, mint, pistachio and other essential ingredients to make the pesto sauce. Halved cherry tomatoes will also be tossed in together with the cooked noodles and the sauce to add color, flavor and nutritional value. This dish is indeed a triumph.

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3. Matcha Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Spinach Dressing

A Swedish recipe author and blogger, who simply goes by the name Asa, posted this terrific vegetarian recipe in her blog Nicklas Kokbok. She wholeheartedly made fresh pasta without the aid of both food processor and pasta maker in putting together this wonderful dish. The photo of freshly made green noodles hanging near a window at the beginning of this article is courtesy of her website, along with the astounding product shot below:


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To duplicate the author’s work, you will need flour, matcha powder, water and eggs to make the pasta. While the roasted vegetables, which you will cook first in the oven for 30 minutes, call for sweet potato, carrots, red onion, zucchini, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. The spinach sauce on the other hand, requires olive oil, garlic, honey and salt spray, to go with the said leafy vegetables. You can tell from the list of ingredients that this dish is not only loaded with great flavors, but also with tons of healthful benefits.

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4. Homemade Matcha Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce

If you have a working knowledge or experience in making fresh pasta in your kitchen, all you need to do is add 1 teaspoon of culinary grade matcha powder per 100grams of flour in your usual pasta mix. If you haven’t tried making homemade pasta before, don’t be daunted by the task, as it is not that difficult, especially if you own a food processor. And even if you don’t, a lot of people find kneading dough therapeutic. Maybe you will, too.

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An English-Spanish translator and retired chemist turned recipe developer and blogger from Madrid has shared her easy-to-follow recipe for Homemade Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce (photo above) in her blog called The Winter Guest. The dish only requires a few simple ingredients such as wheat flour, eggs and matcha powder for the pasta, and basil, garlic and virgin olive oil for the sauce.

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5. Shrimp & Spaghetti with Matcha Cream Sauce

This timeless Italian dish was given an Asian twist with matcha powder. The green tea taste and color perfectly complements the flavors of a classic creamy sauce primarily made of mozzarella cheese, white wine, butter and fresh cream. This recipe is one of the numerous dishes posted in J-Simple Recipes, a culinary blog ran by Manami and Kenji Imai, a sister-brother team who aims to impart as many simple yet great-tasting Japanese recipes to the world, thus the name of the site.

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For two servings of this creamy and tasty dish, you would also need 140-grams or 10-pieces of shrimp, 200-grams of dried spaghetti noodles and 70-grams spinach, along with some basic household seasonings. The cooking instructions are really simple and easy to follow. They are even accompanied by step-by-step photos, including the finish product shown above.

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6. Matcha Green Tea Pasta with Roasted Peppers

This dish calls for the use of orzo, a barley pasta that looks like grains of rice. Also known in Italy as risoni (big rice), it is commonly used in minestrone and other classic Italian soups. The person behind the blog Food Options and Flavors, who is a self-confessed cookbooks aficionado, passionate cook and recipe experimenter posted this vegetarian recipe, which included step-by-step photos along with the instructions.

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The recipe requires instilling matcha in a vegetable stock, which will be poured gradually along with white wine into the frying pan where the pasta and slices of onions are being sautéed. Besides oven-roasted red peppers, other ingredients needed here besides what was already mentioned, includes courgette or zucchini, oil, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, butter, salt and pepper. You can add sausage slices or other kinds of protein to the dish, as the recipe author originally intended.

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7. Pumpkin Ravioli with Roasted Chicken in Matcha Cream Sauce

Fantastic cook and anti-world hunger advocate JB Turner posted this delicious and filling pasta dish with matcha-infused sauce in her blog Seasoned and Stirred. She classified this recipe as a ‘quick fix’ meal, since she only used store-bought ravioli as main component of the dish. Pre-cooked roasted chicken was also incorporated in Ms. Turner’s sample plate (shown below), but it can be substituted with other cooked meat like fish, pork, beef or sausages.

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Besides the matcha green tea powder, other components for the creamy, flavorful and nutritious sauce includes butter, white wine, garlic, water, potato starch, milk, tomatoes, pumpkin pie spice and basil. You likewise need sea salt, ground pepper and nutmeg to season the dish. Following this recipe will only take you about 20 minutes of kitchen time.

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Apparently, most recipe authors who use matcha powder in their dishes are inclined to make a vegetarian dish, and have the weight-watchers’ and fitness enthusiasts’ demography in mind. If you are one who favors meat like me though, you can always tweak their recipes a little to introduce some juicy and tasty proteins to the dish. Surely, it will not diminish or alter the nutritional value of matcha and other low fat ingredients already in it. Just enjoy your pasta the way you like it. Buon Appetito!