Soy Sauce-Butter Pasta with Shrimp and Shiitakes

Soy sauce and butter might sound like an odd combo, but they make a perfect pairing in this quick and easy pasta dish. Earthy shiitake mushrooms and nutty Parmesan cheese add extra notes of umami, while garlic and shallots provide savory flavor and aroma. If you want to make this a vegetarian dish, you can omit the shrimp or replace it with more mushrooms (such as creminis, oyster, or a blend of woodland mushrooms). If you’re feeling fancy, you can even finish the dish with a little drizzle of truffle oil before serving.


  • 10 oz. dried pasta of your choice (about 300g, I used thin spaghetti)
  • olive oil
  • 8 oz. shrimp (225 g, peeled, deveined, and thoroughly pat dry)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 shallots (minced)
  • 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms (225 g, thinly sliced- about 10-12 mushrooms)
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (salt levels vary across different brands- try to find a low-sodium version)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • Salt and pepper


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil for your pasta. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over high heat, until the pan is almost smoking. Sear the shrimp just until opaque and crisp on the outside. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the garlic and shallots. Sautee until beginning to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and caramelize, 5-7 minutes. If the pan is looking a little dry, add a bit more olive oil.
  • Boil pasta according to package directions, drain, and reserve a cup of pasta water. Deglaze the mushrooms with white wine and cook for another two minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Add the cooked pasta, soy sauce, and butter to the pan and toss until the butter is melted. Add the shrimp, parsley, and Parmesan, and give everything a final toss. Loosen it up with a bit of your reserved pasta water if needed. Add salt and pepper to taste (remember that soy sauce is quite salty, so you may not need any more salt at all), and serve.


Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 643IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 3mg