I know that pasta tastes essentially the same, that it's the shapes that are different. And despite knowing that, I still think I prefer spaghetti and won't really eat fettucine. Even though my brain tells me that it tastes the same. And I love risoni too but dislike spirals. I realise I make no sense at all and I can live with that-as long as you don't serve me fettucine or spirals.
I always like more topping on my pasta so I've specified 12 prawns per person. If you get king prawns you could serve 6 prawns per person. There's something so heart swelling about seeing a huge plate of spaghetti coming towards you with lots of seafood on top. I always pick the meat and leave most of the pasta behind so I'm one that most certainly requires a lot of topping. I've always wanted to use this frosted plate for something. I realise that it would best suit a Scallop dish but I felt that the seafood theme would carry it off and I hope you see the method to my madness.
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Spaghetti with prawns, rocket, chili and semi dried tomatoes
An original recipe by Not Quite Nigella
- 250g spaghetti
- 1/4 spanish onion thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 1 large chili diagonally sliced (or 1 small birdseye chili seeds removed if you like it really hot)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 24 medium prawns
- 50g semi dried tomatoes sliced
- 75g rocket
- 1 1/2 cups passata (or tomato pasta sauce of your choice)
Step 1 - Boil spaghetti in plenty of salted boiling water
Step 2 - Meanwhile saute onion, garlic and chili in large frypan with olive oil until onion is soft. Add passata and semi dried tomtatoes and passata, season with salt and pepper.
Step 3 - Add prawns and half of the rocket and cook until prawns are just done.
Step 4 - Drain spaghetti and add spaghetti to the large frypan coating in the sauce. Serve on plate and place prawns on spaghetti and top with remaining rocket divided into 2.