Monday, 18 March 2019

Fried Macaroni


It's very useful to have some pasta lying around in the pantry because when you run out ideas, you can fry up a batch for lunch or dinner.

I was checking my pantry last weekend when I found packets and packets of pasta in my cupboard. I don't know why I stocked up on so many but it's all right because these things keep for a long time.


Seeing that I had a packet of minced meat in the freezer and some leftover capsicum, I decided to fry up some elbow macaroni. Besides capsicum, there was celery and carrots in the fridge and I also used those  together with an onion.


When I was growing up, one of the highlights of our family meal was my mum's spaghetti. Oh! We loved that!

My mum's spaghetti sauce is of course way different from the Italian one which explained why I disliked the first ever spaghetti bolognese that I ate at a restaurant. What made it worse was the sprinkling of parmesan cheese which I still find very hard to get used to.

In fact until now I still dislike the original bolognese sauce because my mum's spaghetti sauce is already so deeply entrenched in my head and tastebuds hah..hah... 


My mum serves her spaghetti with a lettuce salad which is dressed in warm dressing. Gosh. I should really recreate that one day. Another thing that made my mum's spaghetti so tasty was the tossing of the spaghetti with sauteed onions. Eh, why am I talking about my mum's spaghetti when this post is about macaroni? Ish!


OK lah. Next week I cook spaghetti mummy's style and share the recipe with you. Ah, it can double up as my partner's dinner. Eh, cannot, cannot. The fella does not eat beef. Tsk! Never mind, I cook something else for him hee...hee....

Fried Macaroni
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni, cooked according to packet instructions.
- 300g minced meat
- 1 carrot, cut into small cubes
- 2 stalks celery, cut into small cubes
- 1 big onion, minced
- 1/4 red, green and yellow capsicum cut into small cubes

Seasoning (mix together)
- 3 tbsp soya sauce
- 1.5 tbsp thick soya sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1/2 tsp pepper

Method :
1. Heat oil in wok and saute carrot, celery and onion until aromatic.
2. Add minced meat and stir fry until meat changes color. Add some water and simmer until meat is cooked.
3. Add the capsicum and seasoning. Stir to mix.
4. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well until macaroni is coated with seasoning.

28 comments:

  1. Not a fan of capsicum but your fried macaroni sure looks good!

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  2. Looks tasty! The more capsicum cubes the merrier! Your recipe is for 4 servings?

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  3. I used to enjoy fried macaroni. Used to have one stall selling this. Chinese style fried macaroni but no more. I never fry myself.

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    1. I've never tried any outside as I have not seen it sold anywhere hah..hah...

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  4. Yums...
    Good idea for a bento too :)

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  5. Oh, I see you made extras for freezing. I do that too but just the pasta sauce as the pasta may be too overcooked once reheated. I'm eager to see how your mom's spaghetti recipe differs from how we make it. ^_~

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    1. Yes, I freeze them for those lazy days hee..hee... My mum does not use canned or bottled crushed tomatoes but instead she uses fresh tomatoes and some tomato ketchup.

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  6. I love fried macaroni too esp when you keep them in small containers for easy consumption. I also tend to buy and stock up stuffs until expired. I think we are attracted to the product packaging to buy and keep for rainy days that never came... LOL.

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    1. LOL! Some of these pasta come with free containers and I like that!

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  7. I'm a sucker for macaroni & love fried ones as well! xoxo

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  8. I can have this everyday! looks so yummy!

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  9. I'll jot down the sauce ingredients and use it for fried noodles :)

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    1. Yes, that's the sauce I use for fried noodles too.

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  10. Seldom eat macaroni but yours look tasty, i want to have a try.

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  11. I like the way you write your post, very entertaining. I love macaroni fried or in soup. I seldom cook macaroni or spaghetti because hubby doesn't like.

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    1. Thanks hee..hee... I also enjoy macaroni in soup like you!

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  12. Very equally shared into the containers... no more no less. I was not really a fan of macaroni until recently I watched my friend slurping and gulping down her soupy macaroni with great satisfaction, I told myself, I wanna try that one day!! I have one packet now in my house... will wait for the moment to catch the mood of cooking it!

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    1. You must try macaroni soup. Very sedap, I promise!

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  13. your talk about pasta reminds me of my favourite song about spaghetti: :D
    On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese
    I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed
    It rolled off the table, it rolled on the floor
    And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door
    It rolled in the garden and under a bush
    And then my poor meatball was nothing but mush.

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    1. That's a cute song hah..hah... the lyrics really tickle me!

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  14. Lama tak makan makaroni.... teringin pulak hihi...
    Wahhh ... tambah tak sabar i nak tau your mum punya style masak spaghettilah LL... Sampai anak tak boleh move on ni..... Tp yg pasti masak dengan penuh kasih sayang tu yg buat masakan tu lain dari yg lain kan

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    1. hah..hah... yang mak kita masak mesti lah yang lebih sedap. Agaknya anak2 Hainom pun sama. Air tangan ibu, tiada tandingan. Chewah!

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