This is the perfect pasta dish for these Autumnal evenings where the nights are really drawing in.
In the absence of a roaring log fire to keep you warm, this easy tomato sauce with a kick will keep the shivers off your spine.
Plus, chillies help to burn fat, tomatoes are packed full of vitamins and prawns are a great source of protein…so this is basically a balanced diet in a dish
This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, quintupled…sextupled…you get the picture.
- 200g dried linguine (I don’t normally weigh it, I just grab a generous handful)
- 200g prawns, peeled and raw (feel free to use frozen, just make sure they’re defrosted)
- 3 ripe salad tomatoes
- 3 cloves of garlic, smooshed or crushed
- 100g finely grated parmesan (otherwise known as parmesan snow)
- pinch of dried chilli flakes ( a little goes a LONG way)
- generous pinch Maldon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- generous handful of rocket (about 150g)
- 1 tablespoon of greek yoghut (optiona)….make sure its plain, this is not the time for vanilla…
- First things first, pop the kettle on.
- Put a nice glug of olive oil into a small pan and turn the heat to medium.
- Next chop your tomatoes into rough chunks and add the crushed garlic to the pan. I’m obsessed with my garlic crusher – which you don’t even have to peel the cloves, which is amazing!
- After one minute add your tomatoes and turn the heat to high.
- The kettle should have boiled by now, so pour the water into a large saucepan, throw in a generous pinch of salt, and add your spaghetti and cook according to packet instructions. I like my pasta with a little bite, so I always tend to cook it for 2 minutes less than the packet suggests, but this is totally up to you!
- Give the tomatoes the occasional stir.
- After about 5 minutes, the tomatoes should be soft enough to mush with your wooden spoon, so give them a really good squish.
- Then add your prawns, chilli flakes and sugar
- Once the prawns have gone lovely and pink, turn off the heat
- Add more sugar, salt, chilli or pepper as necessary…at this point you can stir in the yoghurt to make it lovely and creamy (this is also good if you've added a touch too much chilli).
- Drain the pasta, pour it back into the pot and stir in the tomato sauce.
- Add half the grated parmesan (I think it looks like snow) and stir in the rocket.
- Divide between the plates and then sprinkle the top with a scattering or parmesan snow.
Delicious and it only took 10 minutes!