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Spaghetti with Chilli, Pesto, Prawns Recipe

Spaghetti with Chilli, Pesto, Prawns Recipe

Pesto, one of the easiest condiments that can be used to whip up a delicious pasta dish in no time!
But let’s make things a bit more interesting by throwing in some tiger prawns with a hint of chilli flakes. The result is a deliciously spicy and indulgent midweek meal that can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes.

Spaghetti with Chilli, Pesto, Prawns Recipe
Spaghetti with Chilli, Pesto, Prawns Recipe

Ingredients:

1. 350gms spaghetti
2. 300gms tiger prawns; deshelled and deveined
3. 1 ½ tsp Chilli flakes (adjust heat to personal preferences)
4. Pesto
5. Parmesan cheese
6. Salt; to season
7. Extra virgin olive oil

To make the pesto:

  • 2 tbsp. toasted pine nuts

  • 1 cup packed flat leaf parsley

  • ¼ – ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil

  • Juice from one lemon

  • 1 garlic clove

  • ½ cup parmesan; grated

  • Salt, to season

Method:

  • To prepare the pesto, blitz together the parsley, pine nuts, juice of half a lemon, garlic, parmesan and ¼ cup olive oil. Taste and add more olive oil or lemon as needed; season with salt. Remove and keep aside.

  • Clean the prawns, wash and pat dry excess moisture. Add half of the pesto and 1 tsp chilli flakes to the prawns; season with salt if necessary (remember the pesto has salt). Keep for about 15 minutes.

  • Cook the spaghetti in salted boiling water as per packet instructions till al dente, drain and keep aside. Reserve some of the water in which the pasta was cooked.

  • Heat 2-3 tbsp olive oil in a pan and shallow fry the prawns.

  • Add the drained spaghetti along with the remaining pesto and toss through with the prawns till combined. If it feels too dry, add a bit of the reserved pasta water and mix well to combine.

  • Season with salt and chilli flakes if necessary.

  • Serve warm with grated parmesan on top.

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