One of my favorite things to do is to go grocery shopping. There is just something so calming about it. Aisles and aisles of neatly stocked products, from pastas to breads, jams and biscuits. An endless surfeit of delicious goods. So a couple of weeks ago, I was just wandering about in my local Sainsbury’s (I’m just realizing how strange this is making me sound, but oh well!) and I picked up a bunch of ingredients to create something for dinner later when I got home. I ended up with ingredients to make a light and yummy prawn pasta!
The ingredients you need for this dish are:
- A pack of cooked prawns
- Minced garlic
- Green onion for garnish
- Tagliatelle pasta (that’s my favorite kind because it makes me feel fancy, but I know some people don’t prefer it, so add whichever one you please!)
This pasta is very simple, and the thing I like about it the most is how you can customize it to your own taste by keeping it simple, or adding more ingredients to it! So let’s start: In a sauce pan, add some water and teaspoon of salt; when it comes to a boil, add your pasta so it can cook whilst you are preparing the other ingredients. I always add salt to my water while cooking pasta, because this helps ensure that it doesn’t that stick together and clump when you take it out of the water.
As for the other things, start by melting some butter into a pan, and when it starts to bubble, that’s when you add your garlic. But be careful and keep stirring it, as it could burn easily and then stick to your pan. In terms of garlic, I added one pre-made crushed garlic cube, which would be around three to four fresh garlic cloves. I usually buy crushed garlic cubes in bulk and its cheaper and more convenient as you can freeze them and use as needed!
Cook the garlic for a few minutes in the butter, so the flavors can intertwine and infuse. This will start to release a heavenly aroma. When the garlic is only half cooked, that’s when you add your prawns, as this will allow the flavours to seep into the prawns without burning the garlic. I also add a very small amount of salt, and a generous amount of pepper. Pepper goes great in this dish, so if you’re looking to put any seasoning in it, let it be pepper. My dish served two people, and so I added six prawns, but obviously you as add as many as you please! I bought pre cooked ones, so I only let each side heat up in the pan for a couple minutes, otherwise the prawns get hard and chewy to the point where they become inedible.
At this stage, you can get creative. You can add any type of cheese, or seasoning that you want. You can even add extra sauce if you want to make it more flavourful. In my case, I added ready made mushroom sauce which went well with this concoction. I mixed everything all up, and let it sit there while I drained my pasta and added it to the prawns and sauce. After mixing that well together, I served it on to a plate and garnished it with green onion which gave the whole dish a beautiful green kick!
This is a very simple, and a very quick pasta dish to make but will be great at nights where you have too much workload and want to whip something nice up, without having to spend a lot of time on it. If you give this recipe a go, take a photo and use the hashtag #CUBRecipies to share with us! Happy cooking!