Tahini Pasta Sauce
Main Dishes pasta Recipes Vegetarian

Tahini Pasta Sauce

This Tahini Pasta Sauce is the perfect blend of several amazing Unami flavors. It is so easy to make requiring basically just two simple steps and takes just minutes to prepare. If you like tahini you simply must try this tahini pasta sauce!

Ingredients in Tahini Pasta Sauce

Here is everything you need to make your tahini pasta sauce turn out absolutely perfectly! Note, this post may contain affiliate links, to learn more, read our disclosure page.

Pasta– I used cellentani pasta when I made the pasta in the pictures, but really, the noodle doesn’t really make the dish here. With that said, I would give some minor tips for best results…I would not suggest selecting a noodle that is too thin such as angel hair or ramen as I feel it could get a bit clumpy with this hearty pasta sauce. I also think noodles with a bit of shape work best as it gives the sauce more to cling to than it would on say, a ziti. Some noodles I would recommend would be: stick with the cellentani, try a rotini, a rigged elbow, or perhaps an orecchiette.

Prepared Tahini– tahini is a paste made of sesame seeds that is SO GOOD. Brands here vary greatly however, and that can make some changes in the preparation of your pasta sauce. Almost all tahini will separate in storage requiring it to be recombined before using. That is where the issue can come in, many brands get super hard on the bottom and very liquid on the top and can be extra difficult to combine. I HIGHLY recommend this brand, I have had the best luck with it easily recombining with no stone-y bottom. It can also be easily found just about wherever you are.

Sriracha Sauce-this adds the amazing heat to this dish. And on that note, if you are NOT a fan of heat, or, if you are serving this dish to kids, I would HIGHLY suggest adding the sriracha a bit at a time instead of all at once as the final dish is a bit spicy…wonderful for heat lovers like me, less so for those with a milder palate.

Soy Sauce– any one you like, standard or low-sodium, whatever brand is your favorite will work just fine.

Yum Yum Sauce-The original version. You should be able to easily find it in any major grocer.

Pasta Water– Cook the pasta for the time indicated on the package in well-salted water. When the time is done, strain the noodles, reserving some of the pasta water. The best way to do this is to set out a large bowl (or your Instant Pot, if you have one), add a strainer to the bowl. When the cooking time is done, pour the pasta and water into the bowl/Pot. Remove the strainer and the noodles and set aside the remaining pasta water. Save all you have until you are sure how much you need, that way, if you sauce gets a bit thick after sitting, etc, you can always add more later.

Lemon Juice-This can be freshly squeezed from lemons or the reconstituted stuff sold in the plastic lemon, no judging here!

Sesame Seeds-These are totally optional and don’t really add any flavor; however, I feel they add a nice visual touch to this pasta as it can look a little bland without them. Other great options for garnish would be some parsley, combining the pasta with some fresh leafy greens, or serving with a fresh, bright side dish.

Tahini Pasta Sauce

How To Make Tahini Pasta Sauce

This is really what makes this pasta sauce such a keeper–it is beyond easy! You really only need two steps to make this easy pasta sauce turn out absolutely perfectly.

  • Prepare the pasta according to package directions, reserving some of the pasta water after cooking.
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce by combining the tahini, sriracha, soy sauce, yum yum sauce and lemon juice. After the pasta is done, add up to ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce to your desired consistency. Toss with the pasta and serve, garnished with sesame seeds if desired.
Tahini Pasta Sauce

Dishes you may love as much as this Tahini Pasta Sauce:

Tahini Pasta Sauce

Tahini Pasta Sauce

Anne
This amazing tahini pasta sauce is so easy to prepare but packed with unami flavors.
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz pasta
  • ½ cup prepared tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon yum yum sauce
  • ¼ cup reserved pasta water
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Sesame seeds to garnish optional

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the pasta according to package directions, reserving some of the pasta water after cooking.
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce by combining the tahini, sriracha, soy sauce, yum yum sauce and lemon juice. After the pasta is done, add up to ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce to your desired consistency. Toss with the pasta and serve, garnished with sesame seeds if desired.

Notes

Notes: this pasta sauce comes out rather spicy. Try adding the sriracha a little bit at a time if you would like less heat.

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating