Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 15 to 30 mins
This is a recipe that my nan gave to me after a delicious meal in a restaurant. She decided to make it at home by experimenting with simple ingredients. The result is a mouth-watering dish that will leave you feeling fulfilled. Also suitable as a midweek lunch, if you like a bit of heat, I would recommend using a chilli pepper of your choice, but don’t write off the mild version as it is just as good with a subtle sweetness. It is very quick to cook and is best enjoyed with a glass of white wine.
Since my trip to Italy, I decided to take my nan’s recipe and adjust it slightly by using fresh pasta instead of dried. Now that I have tasted fresh pasta, I will never go back to its dried counterparts as it lacks the famous ‘al dente’. Whilst this dish is Italian based, you could easily put a Spanish twist on it by adding some saffron, and chorizo or you could swap out the pasta for Arborio rice and cook up a delicious paella, which would be great for a date night. I would highly recommend not swapping out the shallots as they add a delicate lightness to the dish and a regular onion would be too harsh.
Fresh plum tomatoes (100g)
Cloves of garlic (4)
Sweet bell or chilli pepper (1)
Spaghetti (dried or 200g fresh)
- Bring water to the boil for your pasta, and put the pasta in.
- Finely chop your pepper and garlic cloves, then shallow fry in a pan with olive oil.
- Then add finely chopped shallots and halved tomatoes.
- Add prawns and when they are fully cooked drain the water from your pasta and toss the pasta into the sauce.