Showa-era Retro Style - Old Fashioned Pasta Napolitan

Showa-era Retro Style - Old Fashioned Pasta Napolitan

That tomato ketchup flavored, soft and tangled pasta napolitan you ate a long time ago at an old fashioned kissaten (coffee-tea shop)! I get a wave of nostalgia for this and want to eat it sometimes.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Spaghetti (1.8 mm)
200 g
★Onion (medium-sized)
★Green pepper
★Canned mushrooms, if available
to taste
1 pack
Olive oil
1 tablespoon
1/2 tablespoon
Canned cut tomatoes
4 tablespoons
Tomato ketchup
6 tablespoons
Salt and pepper
to taste
Grated cheese
to taste


1. Boil the spaghetti in plenty of boiling water that's been generously salted, according to the cooking time indicated on the package.
2. While the pasta cooks, julienne the vegetables, mushrooms and ham.
3. Heat butter and olive oil in a pan until the butter melts.
4. Add the ★ ingredients and stir fry. Season with salt and pepper, add the tomato ketshup and simmer.
5. Continue simmering.
6. Add the cooked pasta to the pan, sprinkle some grated cheese, toss, and it's done.
7. Transfer to a serving plate, and enjoy with Tabasco and grated cheese on top.

Story Behind this Recipe

I've loved kissaten-style old fashioned pasta napolitan for long time. After many failures, I was finally able to recreate that flavor. Pasta napolitan served in kissaten has been made in bulk in advance and frozen, which is why it's so soft and messy. I can't replicate it exactly, but I think it tasted like this.