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Orrechiette mushrooms and vegetables in sambal chicken sauce – www. helenscchin.com

Do you at time craving for two different food. Thus having to choose between spicy chilli and yet at the same time you wanted pasta. I do most of the time as I am obsessed with food. Like human intermarriage so too food can be intermarried.

Today my craving for orrechiette and at the same time craving for sambal (chilli paste). No matter what people think or circumstances may be I can find Joy by mixing both my craving together.

The sambal, extra hot chilli sauce and chilli flakes gives a hint of spiciness and soft velvety exotic mushrooms and vegetables create a smooth savoury fragrant to orrechiettes.

It’s comforting spicy and wonderful meal meeting both my cravings. I am in cloud nine when I have the Joy of both craving combined together.


1/2 packet orrechiette, cook as per instruction on packet
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 c Sauvignon Blanc
1/4 c  chicken stock
1 bunch brocollini, cut into bite size
1/2 yellow capsicum, cut into bite size
1 packet mix exotic mushrooms
1/2 packet Swiss mushrooms
1-2 Tbs sambal olek
1 Tsp extra hot chilli sauce
1 Tbs lemon juice
chilli flakes (opt)
Himalaya Pink salt and black ground pepper to taste
Water to boil pasta


Bring water with a pinch of salt to boil and add orrechiette; cook as per instruction, drained and set aside until later.

Heat oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, sambal and extra hot chilli sauce. Cook, stirring, for 1 minutes.

Add mushrooms, broccolini, and capsicum cook about 7 minutes minutes or until mushrooms and broccolini soften a bit. The add lemon juice, chicken stock and wine to pan. Stir until well combined. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until thick.

Add orrechiette toss to mix well with vegetables and sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle orrechiette, and vegetables into bowls. Then add chilli flakes. Serve with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Note: You may omit extra hot chilli sauce and use normal chilli sauce. You may omit chilli flakes. Instead use spring onion. You dont have to use sambal olek just have chicken stock and wine will do.


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