Somen with Maitake Spinach

Prep Time

Less than 30-60 mins

Cooking Time

40-60 mins





Cooking with

A quick and easy recipe that is delicious, satisfying, and healthy.


  • 3 cup Mitoku Dried Maitake(Soak the maitake in 1½ cups tepid water for 30-40 minutes)
  • 8 oz Mitoku Somen or angelhair pasta
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Mitoku Organic Shoyu Soy Sauce
  • 2 bunches scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups (tightly packed) fresh spinach leaves; rinse, remove large stems and coarsely chop
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Herb seasoning salt or sea salt to taste (optional)

Preparation Method

  1. Gently squeeze out excess water from the soaked maitake and coarsely chop. Save the soaking water for stock for soups or sauces.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a frying pan, add the garlic, and sauté over medium heat for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the maitake and sauté 2 minutes, then add 1 tsp of the shoyu, toss, and cook 1-2 minutes more.
  4. Toss in the scallions, sauté briefly, then cover and cook 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the spinach, sauté 1 minute, then toss in the remaining tsp of shoyu, cover and cook 1 minute.Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the vegetables, toss and cook another minute.
  6. Add herb seasoning salt or sea salt to taste, if desired.
  7. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil (add salt to the water if using angelhair pasta).
  8. Add the pasta, stirring to be sure the pasta does not stick together. Boil until just tender but cooked through, then drain.
  9. If using somen, briefly rinse the noodles in a colander under running water.
  10. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl containing the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil, toss, then add the mushroom mixture, toss and serve immediately.

Recipe by John & Jan Belleme