Thursday, March 4, 2010

Easy delicious pasta with prawns

Posted by lea at 12:18 PM
I made this the other night when some friends came over and it was a hit. It's doubly great cos it's easy too. To serve 4-6, you'll need:

500g prawns (beheaded and deveined)
3-5 cloves of crushed garlic (my level keeps vampires away for good)
2-4 chopped hot red chillis (adjust for heat)
2 tomatoes, de-seeded and cubed
a handful of basil
1/2 cup of good quality olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 pack of spaghetti

  1. Boil water and cook spaghetti according to directions. While that's happening:
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan (heavy-base is best)
  3. Add the garlic and chillis and allow to brown but not burn
  4. Add the prawns and let them cook till they go from translucent to opaque and red
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and tear in the basil
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste, then turn off the heat and mix the sauce into the freshly cooked spaghetti.
  7. Serve, sit back and receive your accolades.
I guarantee you it's tasty and it'll take less than 30 minutes to make. If you have any leftover (not likely) you can eat it cold the next day and it's just as great.

Optional: if you don't want to use that much olive oil, you could always use a few tablespoons to cook the garlic, chilli and prawns, then add 1/2 cup of white wine instead, and cook until it's heated through and the alcohol has evaporated. If you like a bit of texture, add 2 handfuls of breadcrumbs to the oil when the prawns have cooked, and they'll go crispy and delish!

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Caesar on March 9, 2010 at 12:41 PM said...

Are you sure you didn't mean "cloves" rather than bulbs of garlic? I know Koreans love the stuff, but 3-5 bulbs is a LOT. In fact, 3-5 bulbs would probably outweigh the prawns!?

Caesar on March 9, 2010 at 12:42 PM said...

Are you sure you didn't mean "cloves" rather than "bulbs" of garlic? I know Koreans love the stuff but 3-5 entire bulbs is a LOT. 3-5 bulbs might even outweigh the amount of prawns.

lea on March 9, 2010 at 12:45 PM said...

you're so right! as much as i love garlic, even i would have to consider that excessive.

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