These Sweet Chilli Noodles with exotic mushrooms are so quick and easy to make, and taste incredible, with crunchy cashews and sweet chilli sauce.
These noodles are incredibly quick and easy to make (10 minutes if you put your mind to it!), and taste fantastic too. Just the sort of dinner we've been eating a lot of since baby #2 arrived six weeks ago.
I'm quickly re-learning the art of one-handed cooking, and eating a meal whilst it is still hot with both a knife and fork seems a dim and distant memory!
Variety packs of fresh 'exotic' or 'speciality' mushrooms are now sold in most supermarkets, or you can use a mixture of shiitake, oyster, enoki and any other exotic varieties you can get hold of. They aren’t the cheapest mushrooms around, but the combination of textures and flavours are well worth it.
Sweet chilli sauce really isn’t particularly spicy, so if you want to turn up the heat a little, add a thinly sliced red chilli to the pan with the mushrooms.
Who needs a takeaway when this will be on the table in less than 15 minutes?!
📝 What you need
- Mixed ‘exotic’ mushrooms (I used a mix of oyster and shiitake, but any combination of mushrooms will do)
- Spring onions
- Cashew nuts
- Wholewheat noodles (check they are egg-free)
- Sweet chilli sauce
- Soy sauce
- Rapeseed or sunflower oil
👩🏽🍳 Noodle Variations
You can use this basic sweet chilli noodles recipe to make all sorts of different noodle bowls. How about trying:
- Peanut & Lime Swap the cashews for dry roasted peanuts and add 1 tablespoon peanut butter and the juice of 1 lime at the end of cooking.
- Vegan 'Chicken' Add your favourite vegan 'chicken' pieces to the pan along with (or instead of) the mushrooms and fry gently.
- Tenderstem Broccoli Use half the quantity of mushrooms and add 10-12 stalks of trimmed Tenderstem broccoli to the pan.
- Garlic & Ginger Add 1 teaspoon each of ready-chopped garlic and ginger to the pan.
- Mixed Pepper Swap the mushrooms for 2 peppers. thickly sliced.
How will you make yours?
🍽 What else can I make with noodles?
If you're looking for quick noodle dishes, take a look at:
Sweet Chilli Noodles with exotic mushrooms and cashews
- 2 tablespoon rapeseed or sunflower oil
- 200 g mixed ‘exotic’ mushrooms (or a mix of oyster and shiitake)
- 4 spring onions
- 3 tablespoon cashew nuts
- 150 g (3 nests) wholewheat noodles (check they are egg-free)
- 3 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 150 ml water
- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Halve or quarter any large mushrooms, leaving smaller ones whole, and add to the pan.
- Trim and slice the spring onions and add to the pan, along with the cashew nuts.
- Add noodles to the boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes until just cooked through. Drain and set aside.
- In a mug or small bowl, mix the chilli sauce, soy sauce and water to a smooth sauce.
- When the mushrooms are cooked and cashews are golden brown, tip the sauce into the frying pan, and when it is bubbling, add the noodles.
- Stir to combine, then serve immediately.
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