A quick and comforting recipe of chinese macaroni, perfect for a weekday meal that will pleases kids and adults alike.
It is the ideal dish to pass the surplus of vegetables and it will be unanimous around the table!
A great classic of weekday meal, it’s impossible to get tired of this recipe.
Obviously, Chinese macaroni has nothing to do with Asian cuisine other than the fact that it contains soy sauce.
And the wonderful thing about this recipe is that it is very quick to make and can be adapted to whatever ingredients you have on hand.
It’s also the kind of dish that can be made in large quantities to feed an army, appeals to kids and adults alike, and won’t break the bank.
Several varieties of vegetables can be used, making this a good recipe to get rid of the ones that are starting to get ugly.
A flexible recipe that requires few ingredients
The flexibility of this recipe is another reason to like it.
Basically, all you need is ground meat, short pasta (macaroni, fusilli, penne), your choice of vegetables and soy sauce.
I use ground pork here but beef or even crumbled tofu would work just as well.
On the vegetable side, brocoli and mushrooms are excellent for this recipe.
But if you don’t have any, it’s not a big deal. Use what you have in the fridge:
- water chestnut;
- spinach or kale;
And it’s the same concept for the sauce and the spices used.
You could use only soy sauce to make this recipe, but to add a little more dimension to the flavours, add ginger, hoisin sauce and garlic.
Chinese macaroni with ground pork and brocoli
A comforting and quick recipe to prepare, that everybody loves
- 350 g. short pasta (macaroni, fusilli, etc.)
- Oil for cooking
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup mushrooms cut in 2 or 4, depending on size
- 2 cups broccoli
- 2 cups vegetables of your choice, cut into small pieces (carrots, celery, kale, peppers, etc.)
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp. grated ginger
- Black pepper
For the sauce
- ½ cup pasta cooking water
- 1 tsp. beef broth concentrate
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
- Cook pasta according to package directions. When the pasta is cooked, reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta well.
- In a frying pan, heat a little oil and sauté the onions for a few minutes until translucent.
- Add the meat, Worcestershire sauce and continue cooking, crumbling the meat, until it becomes golden.
- Season generously with pepper.
- Add vegetables and broccoli and continue cooking for about 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
- Add mushrooms, garlic and ginger. Mix well and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes.
- In a bowl, combine the sauce ingredients and add to the pan. Mix well.
- Add pasta and toss so that all ingredients are coated with sauce.
- Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.