Maggoty dustbin pasta

Maggoty dustbin pasta

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Serves 12 with other party nibbles or 6 on its own

This party dish tastes much nicer than it sounds- flavour orzo with black bean sauce and add peas, sweetcorn, peppers and ham for lots of colour

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  • 400g orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 326g can sweetcorn, drained
  • 175g frozen peas
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp five-spices
  • 280g shredded ham
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 220g jar black bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

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  1. Cook the pasta using pack instructions. Drain, run under cold water, and drain again.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the veg oil in a large pan or wok, add the peppers, sweetcorn, peas, garlic and five-spice and stir-fry for a few mins. Add the ham, soy sauce, ¾ of the black bean sauce and the orzo, stir well and cook for 1-2 mins. Stir in the sesame oil and check seasoning.
  3. Heat the remaining black bean sauce in microwave. Tip pasta into a large bowl or a small, clean dustbin or cauldron. Drizzle over remaining sauce and let everyone dig in.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2013

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moniqueelliott77's picture

I have made this a couple of times for my kids as they love it

halcyondays's picture

I love most of the recipes from BBC Good Food but Have to say this is the first time I will not be saving a recipe from BBC. I read the comments on facebook and used less black bean sauce. This dish is nothing to write home about, it was OK and edible but did not set the taste buds afire. Would be OK for a barbecue but will not be making again(However it obviously got the seal of approval from my Basset Hound,she loved it!)

dgnacro's picture

Made this last night and it was really nice, quite salty at first but when you add the toasted sesame oil it does make a real difference to the dish so don't miss ingredient out.

However, be warned! I used less than half the recommended amount of black bean sauce and it was quite over powering, it also gives everything a really dark coating, not at all like the picture above, it definitely does not need the additional sauce adding at the end in my opinion!

Both myself and my other half liked it though and went back for seconds. I didn't have enough sweet corn so I added a chopped courgette to mine, also didn't have any shredded ham at the time but swapped this out for pancetta, all very nice and I will be making this again in future, but will perhaps use a little less black bean sauce than I did this time round :)