5 pieces (2.75 lb bag) frozen Udon
1 cup cooked sliced Asparagus
1 cup chopped Mushroom
1 1/2 pounds (16/20 per lb) Shrimps
Garlic Olive Oil or Olive Oil
1 tablespoon, finely minced Garlic
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup finely minced Cilantro
1/2 Purple or Sweet Onion, sliced, optional
1 Red Chili Pepper, seeds removed, finely minced, optional
1 tbsp finely minced Green Onion, optional
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add udon and cook for about 8-10 minutes or until soft. Drain. Do not rinse. Set aside.
Wash and trim off the bottom ends of the stalks. Find the area where the green color begins to fade. This is where the tough woody end begins and is where the stalk should be trimmed off and discarded.
Add water in a frying pan and bring to a boil. I like to use the frying pan to cook asparagus as the spears fit better and they cook more evenly in a frying pan. Add about 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the asparagus to the pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes depending on the thickness of your asparagus. Remove before they are tender, and cool immediately in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and set the color. Avoid over cooking asparagus as the spears will b
ecome mushy, dull, and gross color.
Cut asparagus on the diagonal into thin slices. Measure one cup and set aside.
Slice mushroom. Measure one cup and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Mix until dissolved. Set aside.
Bring a large frying pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add shrimps and onion if used, and cook, turning once, until browned and crispy on both sides, about a minute per side. Transfer shrimps and onion to a plate. Set aside.
Cooking Musolino Pasta
In the same frying pan, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic, mushroom, and red chili pepper if used and cook over medium heat, stir occasionally, until all the moisture has evaporated and the mushrooms start to turn dark reddish-brown with golden spots.
Add asparagus and the sauce. Give it a quick stir. Add in udon, cilantro, green onion if used, shrimps. Turn of the heat and stir until well combined.
Plate musolino pasta on a plate. Top with shrimps and you're ready to pig out. Eat well. Stay hungry.