Asian pasta primavera

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PREP TIME

10 min

Makes

4 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 9 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper
  • 8 stalks asparagus , about 1/2 bunch
  • 1 cup small oyster or shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup snow peas , ends removed
  • 2 small baby bok choy
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp hot-red-pepper-flakes
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 450-g pkg fresh Oriental chow mein or precooked noodles
  • 4 green onions , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts , optional

Instructions

  • Prepare all vegetables before beginning to stir-fry. Cut red onion into thin wedges, about 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) wide. Core and seed pepper, then slice into bite-size strips. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus and slice spears diagonally into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces. They should measure about 1 cup (250 mL). Trim tough ends from oyster mushrooms or whole stems from shiitake mushrooms, ends from snow peas and slice bok choy in half lengthwise. Stir rice vinegar with soy sauce, water, brown sugar, pepper flakes and cornstarch.
  • Heat oil in a large wide saucepan or wok set over high heat. Add red onion and stir often for 2 minutes. Then add pepper, mushrooms and bok choy and stir often for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, place noodles in a large bowl. Cover with boiling water and set aside until noodles are tender, about 2 minutes. Drain well.
  • Stir soy mixture into vegetables. Stir constantly for 2 minutes. Add asparagus and snow peas and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in green onions and bean sprouts, if using. Reduce heat to low. Add drained noodles and toss until combined.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 494,
  • Protein
  • 17 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 96.8 g,
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g,
  • Fibre
  • 6.9 g,

This colourful vegetarian stir-fry, with a hot sweet-and-sour sauce, is a great way to introduce Asian veggies such as bok choy and shiitake mushrooms into your dinner repertoire.