Kimchi Spaghetti with Tomato Recipe
This kimchi spaghetti with tomato recipe is a great way to use up sour kimchi. Fresh vine-ripe tomatoes and a little cream makes this Korean-Italian fusion style pasta dish very delicious!
A friend of friend of friend of mine has a little farm up in the highland of Malaysia, grow tomatoes and other vegetables. So I got a box because my heart was telling me that I should. I made kimchi tomato spaghetti with the tomatoes and it was so delicious.
They are good, juicy and flavorful. I have been eating tomatoes for breakfasts, for lunches, for snacks, and used them in the recipes for dinners in the past few days. I fed to my husband and my kids, and even take some as a housewarming gift to a friend who invited me for lunch.
And I still see lots of tomatoes sitting on my kitchen counter. I think I am so tomato-fied.
So today, I would like to present the kimchi tomato spaghetti recipe that I enjoyed. Yes, it is a Korean-Italian fusion dish. If you like Korean fusion recipes, this recipe will make your happy.
Fun Fact About Tomato
Did you know that it was only in the late 1800’s that tomatoes were used in food, such as pasta and pizza? Ironically it was about the same time period that chilies were used in kimchi.
As much as the invention of tomato sauce has brought a great sensation in Italian cuisine, chili has changed the way that Korean make their kimchi. Interestingly, both tomatoes and chilies were from South America, the new world.
I have to tell you this. Tomatoes and kimchi are so good together. It is hard to describe the combined flavor but I was quite happy about the outcome of this fusion pasta dish. And as you can tell from the tutorial below, it is ridiculously easy and quick to make.
The taste? Even my little not-so-kimchi-loving-son liked it. That means something.
How to make Kimchi Spaghetti with Tomatoes
Here are very fermented kimchi and tomatoes. Let’s start cooking up!
First, boil water and dump your spaghetti and cook according to the package direction.
Slice your kimchi. No need to chop.
Slice the tomatoes, onion and garlic, too. You will also need a little bit of fresh basil leaves.
Heat olive oil in a skillet and saute onion and garlic until onion gets soft and garlic slices turns slightly gold.
Dump your kimchi and saute for 3-4 minutes.
Add 2/3 of the tomatoes. Continue to cook one more minute.
Here is a joke. What did macaroni say to tomato? “Don’t get saucy with me!” Ha ha ha…! I guess I am the only one who is laughing at my own joke.
And kimchi juice.
Simmer until the sauce gets thicken a little. The tomatoes will get very soft. Season with salt, if needed, and pepper.
Add the hot spaghetti,
Add the rest of the tomatoes, basil leaves and toss everything well. Sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy!
I can picture some grilled chicken, shrimp, crumbled bacon, or anything you like to be added in this dish. This is the basic fusion and the possibilities are somewhat endless.
Okay, I’m gonna share another joke.
‘Did you know why tomato did go out with prune?’
‘Because he couldn’t find a date.’
You are supposed to laugh at this. But I don’t imagine anyone laughing. As you can tell, I am very bad at telling jokes. Maybe next time, I will come up with some kimchi jokes to see if that works.
Hope some of you can try this fusion dish. You will be surprised.
More Pasta Recipes
- Pasta with Garlic, Anchovy, and Basil
- Black Spaghetti with Sausage and Pesto
- Baked Pasta with Ricotta and Roasted Vegetables
Kimchi Tomato Spaghetti
- 1 lb vine ripe tomatoes, sliced
- 1 1/4 cup sour cabbage kimchi, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/4 cup kimchi juice
- salt and pepper
- a few fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
- 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, optional
- 8 oz spaghetti pasta
- Cook spaghetti in a boiling water according to your package direction.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, saute onion and garlic until onion is soft and garlic is slightly brown.
- Add kimchi and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add 2/3 of the tomatoes and continue to cook 1 minutes.
- Pour cream and kimchi juice and stir. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce to thicken a little bit. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
- Drain the spaghetti from the water and add to the sauce in the skillet. Add the remained tomatoes and toss all together. Sprinkle basil leaves and serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
I love tomatoes and i love your humor!!!
Tried this for dinner tonight. It was really good and a hit with everyone
This look so yummy. I like fried rice with kimchi and I think I will like this spaghetti too 🙂
wow! I love your blog, and I love your recipe! your blog is recommended on fb by Hansik, taste of Korea. Well I thank the fb page for discovering such an amazing blog. please please post more fun stuffs (+ I did laugh at your second joke, hahaha) and a lot of vegetarian dishes as well! I also wonder if there are any cheesy korean food? Korean food dont use much of cheese, other than packaged cheese slices,, or I am just not aware of. I dont have creativity but I would love to see my favorite stuffs in korean style and share recipes with my non korean friends. – Warmest regards, babsang
May I know what camera you are using? It is so nice!
Holly, this recipe is TO DIE FOR! I tried it last night and I couldn’t believe how yummy it was! It appeased my Korean husband’s taste buds and mine. Thank you so much….I am new to cooking and like I said, my husband is Korean, so I truly appreciate your easy-to-follow recipes!
So happy to hear that you and your husband loved it. I was very pleased with this fusion experiment as well. Thanks for the comment, Bonnie!
What a unique pasta. I’ve never tried Spaghetti with kimchi before and I think I will LOVE it! What a great creation. And those are some gorgeous tomatoes! How lucky!
I also laughed at both your jokes! Your recipe looks so yummy! I just finished reading your about me section, and you are a wonderful mother. Being that I lost my mom a few months ago, I remember her trying to teach me her ways of cooking korean food. Thanks for this blog, and keep on sharing with us! 🙂
I love Kimchi and pasta. Will definitely try this one day for my bring to work bento lunch box. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Oh, I love Korean fusion dishes. In fact, not long ago, I made Kimchi pasta with crispy cooked bacon and mushroom and surprisingly it was really yummy! I bet this one tastes delicious too!!
And..you know what?! I didn’t get that tomato and prune joke at first, so I just called my hubby to ask him to explain it to me. (Because he loves this kind jokes.. aka daddy joke) Hehe .. Anyway, as I was reading the sentences out loud, I actually understood what it meant. 😀 I think it was funny, Holly! Look forward to hearing another joke next time.
I would never have thought of combining these ingredients, but it looks so delicious, I can practically taste the dish via your photos. Also, I love your jokes. I’m saving them for my 4-year-old niece!
Kimchi and tomato! And in pasta! This is a nice Korean/Italian fusion. We have Japanese/Italian fusion too. I love seeing Korean version and looks delicious!
Awesome–I’ve long thought Italian and Korean would be an inspired combination, though I never thought about the chilli–>Korea and tomato–>Italy parallel before. I love the way you’ve done it here with this recipe–I should try this soon!
This looks delicious!
Where did you buy the Lescure cream? I would like to try the recipe with that as well.
Thank you 🙂
I love the idea of kimchi and tomato and pasta! This must taste tremendous. We’re a few months from prime tomato season here, but I can’t wait. Love this dish, and good pictures. Thanks so much.
That’s a very good dad joke (or should i say mum joke), Holly! I can picture you telling it and chuckling to yourself, hehehe…. This dish is really interesting, one of those easy quick meals people can cook in a weeknight. Can you share me some of those beautiful tomatoes?
I laughed at both your jokes looooool
This dish looks delicious! 🙂
Amazing! I’d never have thought to make pasta with kimchi, but this actually sounds so good! And don’t worry, I found myself laughing at your jokes!