Kung Pao Pasta (fast 30 minute dinner)

Simple and delicious… this vegetable-packed copycat Kung Pao Pasta recipe is perfect for the whole family! Fast, fresh and full of flavour!

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for my Copycat Kung Pao Pasta recipe…

Yay, yay, yay… it’s Friday!! I love Fridays for so many reasons (the upcoming weekend laziness is a big one!), but by far my favourite part of Friday’s is checking out all of the yummy recipes linked up to our little foodie party. I get serious food envy just drooling over all the great recipes. It’s also exciting to see new bloggers linking up each week – both Lauren and I love checking out all the new foodie talent out there! So here’s to a Fabulous Friday, the joy of knowing it’s nearly the weekend and the glass of wine that awaits you tonight! Happy Friday everyone xxx


Wow! As always it was incredibly difficult to pick just five favourite recipes, but after lots of umming, ahhing and drooling, here are my choices!

There’s just something about a classic recipe that gets me every time. One of my favourite things to do is flick through old, yellowed and worn cookbooks that have been passed down through the family. So it’s a no-brainer that I loved Grandma’s Chocolate Squares from Just A Mum. This reminds me so much of a slice that my Mum used to make for our lunch boxes when I was little.


I know how good almonds are for us and yet I hardly ever grab a handful and eat them on their own (I know I really should!!). These Almond Power Bars from Epicurean Epistles sound like a great way to eat more almonds… oh and the fact the bars are covered in chocolate helps a bit too!


You know what? I have never made Mac and Cheese before. Well actually that’s a lie – I used to make the packet stuff when I was in high school! Anyway, this Vegan Mac & Cheese  from VegeTARAian is set to change all that. This yummy dinner is definitely on my must-make list for this week.


Oh how I love a Singapore Sling, and how gorgeous is this one from Pretty Mayhem! We went to Singapore on our honeymoon and then again last year and I love, love, love the place. It’s so incredibly clean, beautiful, has amazing food and architecture… and most importantly of all, it has a fabulous cocktail to boot! Mind you, we did have one at Raffles (as you do when you’re doing the touristy thing) and it cost about the same as 10 Singapore Sling’s from a normal bar!!!!


I absolutely love lamingtons and so this Chocolate & Coconut Layer Cake from The nOATbook will definitely be making an appearance in my kitchen very, very soon. And yep, it looks about a zillion times better than those little lamington fingers that I’m so fond of!


Now don’t forget to pop over and check out the gorgeous Lauren’s picks on her equally gorgeous blog, Create Bake Make.


Kung Pao Pasta

For our recipe of the week I’ve made a delicious pasta… with a bit of a difference! So, we all know that on cold winter nights there is nothing better than yummy, hot comfort food. And one of my favourites types of comfort food is a big bowl of pasta! Usually our pasta dinners involve throwing in whatever ingredients are in the cupboard or fridge and hoping for the best. But this time, my pasta making was actually very well planned out…

Kung Pao Pasta

On my Pinterest feed recently I kept seeing a recipe for Kung Pao Pasta and it looked to me to be the perfect kind of comfort food. The only thing I didn’t like about the original recipe was that it seriously lacked vegetables. And considering I love my dinners to be vegie-packed, a few changes were in order! I chopped up and popped in heaps of different vegetables, including broccolini, capsicum, zucchini and spring onion. The original recipe also called for sherry in the sauce. I didn’t have any sherry at home (and it seemed a bit crazy to buy a whole bottle for just one recipe) so I just left it out. If you had some lying around then you could totally pop it in, but trust me, you won’t miss it if you don’t!

Kung Pao Pasta

Both my husband and I loved this pasta. The sauce flavours were very similar to a stir fry sauce, so it was a great change from the usual tomato or cream based pasta sauces. It also has a little bit of chilli in it, which I’m guessing is what gives it the name “Kung Pao pasta”!! You can add as much or as little chilli as you like… I like just a little bit, but feel free to go crazy and make it as hot as you can handle! If you’re making this dish for kids, I would just leave the chilli out altogether.

Kung Pao Pasta

And the best bit about this Kung Pao pasta?? It was just as good heated up for lunch the next day. Perfect time saver on those busy mornings when you’re running late for work! This vegetable packed version of ‘Kung Pao Pasta’ will certainly be a regular in our house from now on!

What’s your favourite comfort food?

Copycat Kung Pao Pasta

Simple and delicious... this vegetable-packed copycat Kung Pao Pasta recipe is perfect for the whole family! Fast, fresh and full of flavour!
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Course: Dinner, Light Meals, Lunch or Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Dinner, Family Meals, Lunch, Pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Bake Play Smile


  • 500 g dried pasta
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 boneless skinless thinly-sliced chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 spring onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 capsicum chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 bunch broccolini chopped
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon red chilli paste or 1/2 tsp ground chilli
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  • In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, chicken stock, chilli, sugar, red wine vinegar, cornflour and sesame oil and set aside.
  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions and drain well.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to frying pan. Cook for about 4 minutes each side (or until cooked through).
  • Remove chicken from the frying pan and set aside.
  • Add capsicum, zucchini and broccolini and cook for about 2 minutes or until slightly softened.
  • Add garlic to the frying pan and cook, stirring constantly for about 1 minute. .
  • Stir in soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in pasta, chicken, peanuts and green onions.
  • Serve immediately.


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Mums Take Five

yummo i missed that lamington cake ?! going to check it out now. Thanks for another week of inspiration x


Such a great mix of deliciousness right here! Love it.
That pasta looks yum! A nice twist on a pasta for change up. Will a good mix up mid week.

Danielle L

Hi Lucy , thanks for featuring my lamington cake, I hope it lives up to expectations! 🙂


Oh my, thanks so much for featuring my mac and cheese! If you give it a try, I’d love to hear what you think. Loving the FFF feature, it’s so much fun finding delicious new blogs to drool over!