Another pasta supper, this one is Tom’s favourite so he was supposed to make it, but I took over. Typical.
We have an old friend staying with us for the night and this is a great pasta to entertain with; it’s very tasty and very quick.
It’s recipes like this one that make me realise I cook intuitively most of the time. There must be a thousand similar recipes around for this linguini all with their own additions or subtractions, if you’ve read a few, you can tinker all you like and make it your own. The basics are prawns, chilli and lemon, after that you’re free to experiment. I like to use dried chillies to add a kick and a fleck of colour, and white wine to make a loose sauce rather than make it heavy with cream. Sometimes I add a vegetable like savoy cabbage, leeks or courgettes but most of the time I keep it simple. It’s a clean tasting dish, perfect for summer or winter. Soothing, spicy and fresh.
Linguini with Prawns
100g king prawns
4 cloves of garlic, chopped small
1tsp dried chilli flakes (more or less to taste)
1/2 a glass of wine
juice of 1 lemon
salt and Pepper
parsley, finely chopped
parmesan to serve
Serves 3 (2 boys and a girl) – 4 (normal portion eaters)
Get all your ingredients ready, this is a quick dish so you need everything to hand.
Cook your linguini in a large pan of boiling salted water.
When the pasta has 5 minutes cooking time left melt the butter over a low heat in a heavy bottomed pan (preferably bigger than your pasta pan).
Add the garlic and chilli and cook gently for a minute.
Turn the heat up and add the wine. It will bubble and reduce quite quickly, you want all the alcohol to burn off.
If you are using raw prawns add these with the wine and cook until pink and firm.
If you are using cooked prawns , add them just a minute before you add the pasta otherwise they will become rubbery
When the pasta is ready lift it straight out of the boiling water with tongs and into the sauce . Add parsley, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste, toss and serve with lots of parmesan and a tomato salad.