Natto Pasta

Natto Pasta

  • Serves 2
Rated by 31 people
Click to rate this recipe:
Although natto is traditionally eaten as part of a Japanese breakfast, this natto pasta recipe will show you how you can easily incorporate it into other meals. Using spaghetti, natto, a healthy smattering of seaweed and a splash of Japanese tsuyu sauce on top for extra umami and good measure, this recipe is a simple and delicious fusion of both Japanese and Western flavours and super healthy to boot.


• 2 packs natto
• 200g spaghetti
• 2 tbsp tsuyu soup stock
• 1 small onion
• nori sprinkles
• 1 tsp fujikko seaweed (optional)
• 1 raw egg yolk (optional)
• knob of butter
• 1 shiso Leaf (optional)

How To Prepare

  1. Let’s begin with the obvious, boiling the spaghetti in a pan. We trust your spaghetti boiling ability, but just in case, add 200g spaghetti to a pan of boiling water with a pinch of salt and boil until al dente (not mushy).

  2. Next, cut your onion into small pieces and fry it with the natto in a frying pan. Once the onion is translucent and cooked and the natto is warm, add the drained boiled spaghetti with a knob of butter and continue frying and mixing.

  3. Finally add the tsuyu stock and mix well before taking the pan off the heat. Garnish with nori sprinkles, and fujikko to serve and you’re done. You can even try cracking a raw egg over the top for extra taste and protein.

Tips and Information

• Shred a savoury Japanese shiso leaf over the top for added depth of flavour.

• Alternatively you could garnish your natto pasta with some crunchy Japanese pickles for added Japanese flavour.

• You can add your selection of mushroom such as shimeji mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and/or enoki mushrooms. They all work very well with natto.