Super Easy & Inexpensive (Spaghetti) Vegetable Chow Mein

This recipe is part of my 30 Day Grocery Budget Diary. To see all the posts of this series in reverse chron order, click HERE.

As with any stir fry, you can use whatever veg you like - roughly 2 cups' worth. I just used onion, celery and carrot because that's what I had on hand, but they also happen to be some of the most accessible and inexpensive veg most of us can buy.

If you've never bought oyster sauce before and don't have an Asian market nearby, you can probably find it in the Asian section of your local big box grocer (including Walmart), Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Cost Plus (World Market), and, of course, online. If you're wary of trying oyster sauce because you hate oysters, I can assure you it doesn't taste much like oysters at all, and it's a quite delicious and versatile condiment that adds a deep, ever so slightly smoky, somewhat soy sauce like saltiness to your dishes.

Whether you use the traditional or cold, shallow water start method of boiling pasta, I suggest starting that step before you prep your veg so you can work more efficiently. Of course you have to be mindful to watch the pasta and take it off the heat before it gets overcooked, but since this dish mimics chow mein, and chow mein is a a softer kind of noodle, you have a little leeway.

Super Easy & Inexpensive Spaghetti Veg Chow Mein
Serves 4 as main, 6 as side
Time: 25 to 30 minutes

- 8 ounces spaghetti, boiled just past al dente in salted water
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 1/2 a medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch strips vertically
- 2 large stems celery, cut into 1/4-inch thick pieces
- 1 large carrot, cut into 1/8-inch thick pieces (I like to slice them on the bias.)
- 2 Tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic (about 2 large cloves)

1) Preheat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a wok, skillet or large saute pan to high, and saute the onion, celery and carrot for a minute or 2 or just until the onions start to turn translucent.

2) Add in the garlic, give everything a good toss, and let the garlic cook for 10 to 20 seconds.

3) Add in another Tablespoon of oil, the noodles, and the oyster sauce, in that order, and give everything a good and thorough toss to ensure all the noodles and veg are evenly and thoroughly seasoned.

That's it! 

Enjoy. :)


Goes great with: Braised Teriyaki Chicken, Bulgogi (KBBQ), Dak Bulgogi, Coconut Curry Chicken Satay, Miso Salmon, Teriyaki Chicken, Thai-Inspired Maple Glazed Salmon



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