• December 14, 2015

    Spinach Gomae Noodles with Sesame Sauce

    0 0 vote
    Article Rating


    This post was generously sponsored by Catelli. As always, all opinions are genuine. Thank you, dear readers, for supporting me in my collaborations with the hand-picked sponsors that keep the Foodess kitchen running! 

    This recipe was inspired by Japanese spinach gomae, which I obsessively order every time I go for sushi. If you’ve never had it, it’s steamed spinach dressed in the most addictive nutty-sweet sesame dressing.  Here, all the components were tossed with noodles – hello delicious, super-healthy, one-pot, 15-minute dinner!

    It’s no secret that I adore peanut sauce (see exhibits A, B, C, D, and E), and gomae sauce is pretty similar – using sesame butter (I used tahini, which is just ground sesame seeds) in place of peanut butter.

    I used Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains spaghetti for the noodles.  I grew up on their very high fibre Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat pasta, which is super satisfying – it was the base of many of my  mom’s comfort food dishes. Now, I use it often in Asian noodle dishes (in addition to mom’s spaghetti sauce), because I really love the nutty, whole grain flavour, the awesome satiating power, and the clean ingredients list.

    The Ancient Grains version I used here is made with wheat, quinoa, teff, amaranth, millet and sorghum. They also offer (celiac certified!) gluten free pasta, a vegetable pasta, and others.

    Here, the hearty noodles are tossed with lots of spinach, and dressed in a delicious creamy, nutty sauce. It’s great warm or cold – leftovers make a fantastic lunch.

    I used frozen, chopped spinach, which speeds up the whole process.  It’s already cooked, so you just have to thaw and toss it in. To quickly thaw frozen spinach, submerge the packages in a sink full of hot water – they’ll be thawed enough by the time the pasta water comes to a boil.

    Gentle when tossing (as I learned the hard way) – the ancient grains are a bit more delicate and I broke some of the noodles in my excitement. It’s ok, still deeeelicious.


    Spinach Gomae Noodles with Sesame Sauce

    A healthy, delicious noodle bowl with spinach and creamy sesame sauce, based on Japanese gomae.
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Servings: 4
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


    • 1 340 gram box Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains Spaghetti
    • salt to taste
    • 1 cup tahini
    • 5 tbsp soy sauce
    • 3 tbsp brown sugar
    • 3 large cloves garlic minced
    • 2 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1/4 tsp crushed chili flakes or Aleppo pepper plus more for serving
    • 2 10 ounce/300 gram packages chopped, frozen spinach, thawed
    • Toasted sesame seeds for topping


    • Boil pasta in a large pot of well-salted water for 7 minutes, or until slightly firmer than al dente.  Drain spaghetti, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Return spaghetti to the pot.
    • Whisk together tahini, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, lemon juice and chili flakes in a large measuring cup.  Thin with reserved hot pasta water until it reaches a pourable consistency.
    • Squeeze excess moisture from spinach and add to the pot along with the sauce, and gently toss to combine. Cook over low heat until warmed through. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
    • Serve topped with toasted sesame seeds and crushed chili flakes, if desired.
    Tried this recipe?tag @foodess
    0 0 vote
    Article Rating

    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

    Notify of
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments


    Thanks for signing up! Check your inbox to confirm.
    Simple Stir Fry Sauce Recipe March 2, 2020
    Easy, 3-Ingredient Stir-Fry Sauce

    This 3-ingredient Stir-Fry Sauce recipe is easy and delicious. Simply whisk and pour it over your stir fry. Meet your new instant weeknight staple!

    June 14, 2019
    Best-Ever Creamy Asian Dressing

    This Creamy Asian Dressing, my friends, is the Asian dressing of my dreams and the salad dressing of my summer.

    It takes just four ingredients and 2 minutes to make the most addictively flavourful sweet-savoury-creamy-umami dressing you’ve ever had.

    Ground Beef Stir Fry | Foodess Recipe September 17, 2018
    Ground Beef Stir Fry

    This ground Beef Stir Fry is an easy, comforting dinner full of healthy veggies, and the savoury all-purpose soy-garlic stir-fry sauce is a staple recipe.

    Would love your thoughts, please comment.x