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calamari and vegetable stir fry pasta


Vegetable stir fry pasta


Pasta is an interesting staple that can be cooked various ways. The traditional pasta is usually cooked using tomato as a base. If you are up for something different, think of stir fry vegetables and seafood and toss in your favourite pasta. It is not only simple to prepare but also satisfies the tastebuds.



1 packet pasta

1 onion, sliced

120g broad beans, whole 

200g mushrooms, sliced

4 tomatoes, sliced

baby corn, halved

calamari, sliced

cashews, whole

cooking oil



cayenne pepper, 1 tsp

2 tbsp. oyster sauce

1/3 cup vegetable stock


stir fry pasta



1. Cook pasta in salted boiling water. Drain when el dente and set aside.

2. Heat cooking oil in a pan. Cook calamari and set aside.

3. In a separate saucepan, heat cooking oil. Cook onions till transparent in medium heat.

3. Add mushrooms and cook till they sweat.

4. Add broad beans, baby corn and tomatoes. Leave them to cook for 3 minutes.

5. Pour cooked calamari and its juice into the pan together with the other ingredients. Sir well.

6. Add cashews and season with pepper and oyster sauce.

7. Add vegetable stock and let the sauce thicken by letting it simmer.

8. Add cooked pasta and mix it well with the other ingredients.

9. Add cayenne pepper and a bit more pepper to taste.


Explore using various pasta such as rotini (spirals), conchiglie (shell pasta), farfalle or penne. This dish makes a delicious, wholesome meal for dinner. Calamari can be substituted with prawns or scallops. Enjoy!



savoury ricotta pasta with chilli flakes


Pasta is a versatile dish that can be cooked in various ways. I recently experimented using different types of pasta in my cooking and amazingly I discovered that commercial pumpkin ricotta ravioli works well in home based pasta sauce. With a little imagination and creativity, I used a mixture of seafood, chilli flakes, ricotta and garlic in this special pasta dish.


4 tbsp. olive oil

1 packet Latina pumpkin and ricotta ravioli

250g mixed seafood

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1 up mushrooms, sliced

1 tbsp. chilli flakes

a dash of pepper

1 tbsp. Italian herbs

half lemon

150g ricotta cheese

shredded cheese for garnishing



1. Boil a pot half filled with water. Add salt.

2. Once boiled, add ravioli and let it boil till al dente.

3. Drain the pasta in a colander and set aside.

4. Heat up oil in a pan.

5. Lightly fry seafood till cooked. Remove the cooked seafood and place it aside.

6. Use the same pan with seafood residue and add a bit more oil.  Heat the oil.

7. Brown garlic in the hot oil.  

8. Add mushrooms and sweat them.

9. Add in cooked seafood.

10. Mix in the chilli flakes and add ricotta.

11. Stir the mixture till all ingredients blend well.

12. Squeeze half a lemon in the sauce.

13. Add pepper and Italian herbs.

14. Stir thoroughly. Add a little water to dilute the sauce.

15. Let the mixture simmer for a further 3 mins.

16. Add ravioli and mix thoroughly.

17. Serve on plate and garnish with shredded cheese and a wedge of lemon.


The chilli flakes add a kick to the dish and enhances the overall flavour of the pasta sauce. The ricotta binds the pasta well and the garlic just adds a depth to the dish. The commercial pumpkin and ricotta ravioli adds body to the overall taste making the dish very wholesome and satisfying.


penne dish

penne with salmon


Cooking involves creativity which comprises reinventing existing dishes. For example, penne is usually cooked using tomato or cream as a base or it can be cooked with garlic and drizzled with olive oil. In this post, I’d like to share a special recipe which involves stir fried penne. This dish has a combination of texture and colour and a mixture of taste. It is on the whole a delicious and healthy meal, comprising the three food groups.   



  • 1 slab of salmon
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups penne
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • pepper



1. Heat up oil in a frying pan.

2. Fry the salmon till cooked. Remove and set it aside.

3. Cook penne in a pot filled with boiling water. Once el dente, drain the penne in a colander.

4. Heat oil in a pan and fry onions and garlic.

5. Once onion becomes transparent and garlic is slightly browned, add penne in the pan. Mix well.

6. Add baby spinach and stir the mixture well.

7. Season with pepper and chilli flakes.

8. Add lime juice and soy sauce mix well.

9. Add pine nuts to give the dish some texture and crunch.

10. Serve with whole cooked salmon or break salmon in small bits and mix them with the penne.


The result is a tasty, wholesome and savoury penne dish that the whole family can enjoy. Omit the chilli flakes if you prefer not to have the added kick. Garnish with coriander or fried shallots.