I know you’re not supposed to pick a favorite child, but if I had to pit my weeknight noods against each other, this would win as my fave. It is insanely easy (especially if you are using instant udon noodles) and so quick to whip up on a hectic weeknight.
This week’s noodle dish is heavily inspired by the Italian pasta dish, Cacio e Pepe. In the world of Italian pastas, Cacio e Pepe is sort of having its moment. It sounds fancy and complicated and intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be any of those things.
I’ve been making some variation of this dish for five years now. Curry pastes—like the red curry paste in this recipe—are a great way to impart a lot of flavor into a weeknight dish. I’ve streamlined this recipe to be super quick, customizable, and absolutely delicious.