Carrot Miso Pasta Sauce (Vegan Recipe)

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I’ve been loving the storage carrots that I’ve been getting from a local farm this winter. They’re so sweet that I’ve mainly been using them in desserts like vegan carrot cookies or carrot-orange muffins.

But last night I decided to use carrots in a more savory application – as a vegan pasta sauce. It’s wonderful on warm whole wheat pasta, cold soba noodles, or any cooked grain.

Here’s the recipe (adapted from Marc Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian):

Makes about 1 1/4 cup of sauce.

  • 1/4 cup neutral oil such as peanut or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons white or yellow miso
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into big pieces
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and cut into coins
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro or chopped scallions (optional)

Put the first five ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until the mixture is chunky smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary.

Toss a few spoonfuls (or more, depending on how saucy you like things) into your pasta or grain. Garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.

Extra sauce will keep for several days in the refrigerator, and is a delightful addition to winter salads, cooked beans, or baked tempeh.

Image courtesy of vasta via a Creative Commons license.

3 thoughts on “Carrot Miso Pasta Sauce (Vegan Recipe)”

    1. Yes, definitely! Kids love bright food and they love seeing it get all whirled up in a food processor or blender.

      Since it’s a no-cook sauce, kids can also help make it. Older kids can cut carrots or use a spoon to peel the ginger, and younger kids can drop ingredients into the food processor and press the buttons. If you have a real finicky eater on your hands, I’d recommend cutting the ginger in half and letting your kid taste the sauce before adding more.

  1. I just made this, its delicious! I also wanted to add that miso is so inexpensive at Asian grocery stores. I love miso recipes and would love to see more!

    We are having our sauce in veggie wraps!

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