Sesame Garlic Pasta

Of all the pasta meals I make, this one is Bear’s favorite. It is so simple and easy . The ingredients worketogether in harmony and is truly the “less is more” meal since it is not a saucy pasta dish nor completely dry.

Kitchen Gadget
Pasta Noodle Measurer (1-4 servings)

Measure 4 servings of pasta. I use this kitchen gadget to help. I make 4 servings so we have leftovers for lunch or if Bear decides to go for a second or third serving.

Yes… you read correctly. Boil your pasta in a frying pan. After discovering this, I no longer boil my pasta the traditional way – fill a pot of 8-9 cups water with salt, wait for it to boil, then throw in my pasta. I use the method above for all types of pasta.

Add pasta to pan and add cold water and turn on stove. The pasta will not stick to each other. As the water becomes a simmer, give the pasta a stir. Cook pasta until al dente. I do not follow the recommended package cooking time since the pasta is already started cooking while the water was heating up. You’ll find less pasta water in the pan and perfectly cooked pasta.

While boiling your pasta, prepare ingredients for the sesame garlic sauce.

Sauce Ingredients

Combine ingredients into small pan and simmer for 1-2 minutes until brown sugar dissolves and ingredients soften and blend together, reserving 2 tsp green onion for garnish. I ran out of sesame seeds as my usual garnish for this dish.

Simple Sauce

It may not seem like there is enough sauce to coat the pasta but it is.

Simmer sauce

When pasta is done, drain over another bowl so you can obtain some pasta water.

Drain pasta

Reserve 4 tbsp pasta water

Pasta water

Season shrimp with salt & black pepper and fry in the same frying pan you used to boil pasta, 2-3 minutes on each side (depending on the size of shrimp).

Fry shrimp

Add the 4 tbsp of reserved pasta water

Add pasta water

Mix in the drained pasta with shrimp and toss toss immediately.

Pasta & Shrimp

Turn off heat and add sesame garlic sauce and toss until pasta is fully coated

Pour sauce and toss

Add the 2 tsp reserved green onion. I would also added sesame seeds but that’s on my next grocery run.


Enjoy! This is the point where Bear would sarcastically tell me to stopping eating it because it’s horrible and he would spare me from such a terrible dish by eating all of it 🙂

Sesame Garlic Pasta

Sesame Garlic Pasta

4 servings pasta
4 tbsp reserved pasta water
14 pcs large shrimp
salt & black pepper

4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk green onions, chopped
– – reserve 2 tsp for garnish
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp spoon brown sugar (dark or light)
2 tsp sesame oil
3 tbsp butter
Sesame seeds

Boil pasta in frying pan until al dente. While pasta is cooking make the sauce.

Combine all sauce ingredients into simmer for 2-3 minutes until brown sugar dissolves and ingredients soften & blend together.

Once pasta is cooked, drain in colander over large bowl and reserve 4 tbsp pasta water.

Season shrimp with salt and black pepper. Fry/saute in the same frying pan used to boil pasta until fully cooked, 2-3 minutes per side. Add reserved pasta water to shrimp then add drained pasta and toss immediately.

Turn off heat and add sauce to pasta. Toss until fully coated. Garnish with sesame seeds and 2 tsp reserved green onion.

screen-shotBear’s way of showing his love for this pasta.

Passion: Kitchen Kreations

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