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Recipe - Spaghetti Chanovese (Spaghetti Genovese with Japanese Green tea)

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Spaghetti Chanovese

(Spaghetti Genovese with Japanese Green tea)


Chocolate with chicken, pineapple on pizza, egg and bacon ice cream – culinary crimes or fantastical flights of foodie fancy? The more “experimental” (and yes, we think pineapple on pizza is a step too far) end of the food chain is always going to be divisive but we at Iron Kitchen have found a leftfield recipe we think you’ll love.

Spaghetti Chanovese is a twist on the traditional Italian dish spaghetti Genovese and features green tea pesto. That’s right, green tea pesto. So stow your sunblush tomatoes, can your kale and stash your spinach. And definitely banish your basil because we’re making Pes-tea (sorry!).

As well as tasting great and surprising your friends, eating green tea leaves helps provide Vitamin E and Catechins.

This dish is perfect with a cup of Sencha served in an Iron Kitchen Hikifune Green teapot.

Spaghetti Chanovese



Serving per person

Dried tea leaves (Sencha) 20g

Almonds 20g chopped finely

Grated Parmigiano Reggiano 20g

Garlic ½ clove, finely chopped

Olive Oil 50ml

Sunflower oil 10ml

Anchovy 2 fillets

Salt (to taste)

Pepper (to taste)

Bacon 15g chopped

Whole garlic clove

Spaghetti 100g

Grated Parmigiano Reggiano (optional)



1. For the pesto, start by grinding 20g of tea with grinder or blender. The tea should be a fine powder.

2. Pour the chopped almonds, grated cheese, garlic, salt and pepper, olive oil, sunflower oil and anchovies into the blender and blend with the green tea until you have a thick paste. If paste is too thick, add a little more olive oil and continue to blend. The paste should be reasonably thick and not runny. Once made, scoop out the pesto, put in a bowl, stir and set aside.

3. Boil water and cook spaghetti as per instruction on the package.

4. While the spaghetti is cooking, fry the chopped bacon and a whole garlic clove in a little olive oil. Once the bacon is crisp (about 5-7 minutes), remove from the pan and drain any oil on a piece of kitchen paper. Discard the whole garlic clove – it’s done its job.

5. Once cooked, take the spaghetti off the boil and drain – reserve a little pasta water.

6. Mix the bacon with the spaghetti and stir. Put 100g of spaghetti/bacon mix on a plate and add 2-4 teaspoons of pesto the (depending on taste) and 1 tablespoon of the reserved pasta water.

7. Add a little grated parmesan (if you like) and you’re good to go

The Iron Kitchen guide to Japan -No.2-

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Fabulous Ninja theme park. Even my husband’s 70-year-old dad enjoyed it and he doesn’t like anything except his grandson, Scotch and crime novels! 


Fuji Q Highland and Onsen at Fuji Q Highland

Fuji Q is a great theme park and has the biggest roller coaster in Japan plus a terrifying J- horror exhibit/maze/performance art chase. The bath house (onsen) next door is excellent. 


Alice in Wonderland restaurant

Fun, weird and does a lovely stew. A must for Lewis Carroll, Disney or Cosplay fans. Alice's Fantasy Restaurant


Ueno Koen Zoo and flea market

Beautiful park and zoo in the heart of Tokyo. If you're not into zoos, the park is lovely and the flea markets are great. 


Alcatraz ER

Not anyone's idea of a local but fun for an evening.



Adding extra iron to your diet

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An Iron Kitchen cast iron kettle may help those with iron deficiency

Iron is an essential mineral. And despite healthier diets and lifestyles, iron deficiency is still the most common nutritional disorder in the world, according to the Wolrd Health Organisation and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The deficiency can lead to anaemia, whose symptoms include fatigue and irritability among others.

However, a number of studies have found that using iron teapots and cooking with iron utensils can increase the iron content in the body.

A report from the American Dietetic Association revealed that when using cast iron teapots, a good amount of iron is leached into the boiling water. This results in the tea becoming infused with iron and tea drinkers receiving a boost of iron, minerals and nutrients. 

A further study by the American Dietetic Association found that cooking with cast iron can increase the iron content in food, while a report in the medial journal The Lancet stated that children fed food from iron pots had lower rates of anaemia and better growth than children whose food was cooked in aluminium pots. 

Obviously those suffering from such a deficiency should seek medial attention, however, the health benefits of iron cookware have been proven and give you just one more reason to buy an Iron Kitchen teapot. To get the best iron infusion, we recommend buying the IWACHU Cast iron Kettle/teapot - Set ARARE, which is not enamelled and can be used on you stove.