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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. daphne — November 28, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

    yum! I might just borrow this idea from you Wiffy! I love one pot dishes like that-the flavours in this dish is a clear winner! Thanks for your entry! =)


  2. Joyce — November 28, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

    i love macaroni and it’s interesting the variety of dishes u seem to be able to whip up with very little effort.


  3. didally — November 29, 2008 @ 12:49 am

    This is a great recipe to use up the leftover veggie in the fridge. Like how the bright colors liven up the dish. :-)


  4. Little Corner of Mine — November 29, 2008 @ 1:53 am

    I love the color, very pretty. Look like you love macaroni pasta a lot. :)


  5. Tastes of Home — November 29, 2008 @ 3:06 am

    hi! OMG – I JUST made some stir-fried macaroni hehe..and submitted for next week’s PPN hehe, yours look sooo good!! YUMMY!


  6. Katie — November 29, 2008 @ 6:31 am

    How do you get the silverware in your photos to look so natural? Forks/knives/spoons always looks so fake in my pictures.


  7. Darius T. Williams — November 29, 2008 @ 6:38 am

    Looks good…and super tasty!



  8. tigerfish — November 29, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

    I love macaroni! This looks like a very kid-friendly dish :)


  9. lk — November 29, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

    I will call it a “Rainbow” macaroni! So colourful and kid-friendly (as mentioned by tigerfish except for the chilli padi). Will cook it for my son soon! ;p


  10. Kevin — November 30, 2008 @ 7:23 am

    That looks like a fresh and tasty way to use macaroni.