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Stir-fried Macaroni with Basil, Chilli & Garlic

Stir fry macaroni with basil, chilli and garlic

I really love an easy macaroni¬† stir-fry and I know I can’t go wrong with basil, chilli and garlic which create a really nice aromatic flavour for this easy one-dish meal. You can use your imagination when it comes to the ingredients used – I used asparagus, frozen vegetables, mushrooms and crab sticks on that particular day. This is an excellent recipe for clearing out the fridge before you do your next round of marketing.

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(Serves 1)

– 50g macaroni
– 1/2 tbsp dried chopped basil (double the amount if using fresh)
– 1 tbsp chopped garlic
– 1 chilli padi, cut (adjust or omit according to liking)
– 1 tbsp cooking oil, to taste
– 3 asparagus stalks, prepped
– 2 button mushrooms, stems removed and sliced thinly
– 2 tbsp frozen vegetables (peas, carrots, corn)
– 2 crab sticks, cut to 2 cm length
– salt, to taste

1. Cook macaroni according to package instructions in slightly salted water. Drain and set aside.
2. Cook frozen peas according to package instructions (I use a microwave for convenience), drain and set aside.
3. In a wok, heat oil and saute garlic, basil and chilli until fragrant.
4. Add mushrooms and asparagus and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Toss in the frozen peas and crab sticks, stir fry for half a minute.
5. Add cooked macaroni and until everything  is well mixed. Season with salt to taste.

I’m sending this easy macaroni stir fry to daphne from More than Words who is hosting this week’s Pasta Presto Nights, a weekly food event which showcases delectable pasta/noodle dishes.

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17 Responses to “Stir-fried Macaroni with Basil, Chilli & Garlic”

  1. Jude — November 30, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

    I happen to think it’s a super amazing feat. Looking forward to the next installment.


  2. Marc @ NoRecipes — December 1, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

    Cool idea! Love that you served with with kimchi!


  3. Marysol — December 2, 2008 @ 6:33 am

    NC, you’ve just made a 10yr. old boy (and his mom) very happy, He loves both macaroni pasta and crab, so he’ll beam with your take on an old favorite.


  4. wiffy — December 3, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

    Thanks everyone :-)


  5. Selba — December 3, 2008 @ 5:30 pm

    Looks beautiful…. an idea for cooking this weekend :)


  6. Ippo456 — December 7, 2008 @ 5:51 pm

    Looks like your leftover macaroni can be mixed with salad greens and served cold for the next day.
    Another easy macaroni dish: macaroni with cheese, but use a sweetened pancetta instead (fry the cut up pancetta pieces with cinnamon powder).
    I have a thing for mixing sweet and salty.


  7. Mel — October 20, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    Hey! I’m so addicted to your site! And it’s bad cos it has become a nightly routine to bookmark recipes, which makes me so hungry after midnight! Will you be uploading the tomato sambal macaroni recipe soon? Can’t wait to try that out! Looks super yummy! :D