Crispy pork, sautéed mushrooms, al dente noodles, chili garlic sauce, parm and a soft-boiled egg make for the best spicy pasta recipe.
This bowl of creamy, tangy, and straight up awesomeness is a great way to mix up the traditional red sauce and meatballs. Take your weekly pasta night to the next level with this recipe, right here! Other fusion favorites include this Vietnamese Cold Noodle Salad, these Southwestern Stuffed Pasta Shells, and my Super Easy Peanut Sesame Noodles.
INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:
We pretty much always have these items on hand, and if you’re a spicy food fan… you probably do as well!
- Fettuccini Noodles
- Ground Pork
- Chili Garlic Sauce
- Grated Parmesan
- Half and Half
- Salt + Black Pepper
FOR SERVING, I LIKE TO PLATE WITH:
- Soft Boiled Eggs
- Green Onions
- Sesame Seeds
There are a few key things to remember when making this recipe. The ground pork tastes best when it’s SUPER crispy. So… just when you think it’s done cooking, cook it some more. The texture and caramelized flavor taste excellent in this dish.
The chili garlic sauce should be sautéed in the pan for a minute or so, just to bring out some deeper flavor.
Soft Boiled (or “Jammy”) eggs add to the flavor of the sauce with each bite. You could also serve this bowl with a sunny side up, poached, or over-easy. The yolk adds another layer of yumminess. Eggs are so versatile… they can be boiled, scrambled, poached, baked, or even deviled. All would taste great with this recipe.
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MY FAVORITE NOODLES & TIDBITS:
To keep things easy, we used fettuccini. However, this would also taste superb with wide rice noodles or even ramen. If you want to bring on even more heat, go ahead and add some red pepper flakes, chili crisp, or a drizzle of sriracha on top. This recipe is medium spicy, so if you want to go big or go home I suggest any of those additions.
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENT IDEAS:
Tofu is a wonderful option if you’d like to add some extra protein. Oh, and crushed peanuts add some crunch. I personally enjoy using parmesan to make the sauce creamy, but you could also use cream cheese (or both!). For veggie loves, sautéed cabbage, broccoli, red bell peppers, or bok choy are tasty additions. Depending on how many extra ingredients you add, you may have to increase the amount of sauce to accommodate.
MORE RECIPES YOU MIGHT ENJOY:
- 6 Soft Boiled Eggs
- 2 tbsp. Butter
- 12 oz. Mushrooms, sliced
- 1 lb. Ground Pork
- 1 lb. Fettuccini Noodles
- 1 tbsp. Butter
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 4 tbsp. Chili Garlic Sauce
- ¾ cup Half and Half
- ½ cup Grated Parmesan
- Salt + Black Pepper, to taste
- Green Onions
- Sesame Seeds
- Boil eggs to desired yolk preference. For soft-boiled they will take 6 - 7 minutes.
- Add 2 tablespoon of butter to a large skillet, melt, and add mushrooms. Sauté until golden, about 8 minutes. Remove from skillet and place them in a bowl; set aside.
- In the same skillet, break apart and brown the ground pork until crispy. This will take about 15 minutes.
- Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. Salt the water and then cook the fettuccini according to packaged directions. Make sure to reserve 1 cup of starchy pasta water.
- While the pasta cooks, make the sauce. In a large skillet add the butter and sauté the garlic and chili garlic sauce for 1 - 2 minutes. Next add the half and half, reserved pasta water, and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat off and then add the grated parmesan. Stir and allow a few minutes to thicken. Taste, and add salt + pepper to your own preference.
- Drain the noodles and return to the pot. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss to combine. Mix together with sautéed mushrooms.
- When plating, add the sauced pasta to a large bowl, then add a jammy egg (cut in half), crispy pork, and desired amounts of suggested garnishes. Enjoy!
NOTES ON THIS RECIPE:
- I personally am obsessed with the addition of mushrooms to this recipe, but they’re not mandatory.
- Crispy ground pork pairs perfectly, but you can also substitute with ground beef, chicken, or whatever meat you enjoy most. You could also make this vegetarian with tofu or seitan.
- The herbs, parmesan, kimchi, and sesame seeds really take this dish over the top. I highly recommend adding them all.
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