Simple pasta – Spaghetti with prawns and tomato (con gamberi e pomodoro);

Introduction;

Pasta is an excellent choice for a quick family meal, especially when you have limited time and/or budget to spare; having a few simple pasta recipes in your repertoire can certainly make your busy life easier to manage. Pasta with prawns is one of my wife’s all time favorites; Please Enjoy;

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Ingredients;

500 grams of spaghetti, spaghettini or linguini;

1 large clove of garlic

1 large sprig of continental parsley

A pinch of chilli flakes or 1 fresh red chilli pepper

250 grams medium size uncooked peeled prawns with or without tails;

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

400 grams of chopped fresh ripe tomatoes or a can of diced Italian tomatoes

salt/pepper

tip

you could use frozen or fresh prawns for this recipe, be sure to remove any excess water before cooking by using some kitchen paper towel.

Optional Ingredients;

1/2 cup of black olives;

Preparation;

dry the prawns with some kitchen paper towel before cooking to ensure that there is no excess water released when frying the prawns;

crush or finely chop the garlic;

finely chop the parsley;

finely chop the red chilli pepper if you are using fresh;

tip;

Add 5 liters of water to a stock pot and put over a high flame before you start making the pasta sauce;

use hot water to speed up the cooking time;

Cooking;

using a 30cm deep fry pan, add the extra virgin olive oil to the pan and heat moderately;

add the garlic, parsley and chilli to the frypan;

gently fry the ingredients to release their aroma on medium heat, be careful not to burn the garlic;

add the prawns to the frypan, season with salt and pepper;

fry the prawns on high heat till they are firm and cooked through (about 3 min);

add the diced tomatoes and bring to boil, lower to a simmer cook for another 5 min;

in the meantime if the pasta water is boiling;

add two table spoons of cooking salt to the boiling water;

add the pasta;

be sure to stir the pasta a few times in the first few minutes so that it doesn’t stick together or to the bottom of the pot;

Cook for the time recommended on the packet; taste test the pasta in the last few minutes to ensure you don’t overcook the pasta;

drain the pasta in a colander and then add to the fry pan with the sauce;

stir the pasta through the sauce;

Serving;

transfer to a serving dish or serve straight out of the fry pan;

Enjoy with a glass of your favourite wine;

Buon Apetito;

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