Lemony chilli prawn tagliatelle

a delicious combination of lemon, chilli, garlic tomato and prawns to make a show-stopping pasta dish! 

I honestly think that one of the best flavour combinations in the world is that of chilli/lemon/garlic, and it goes so beautifully with pasta and prawns that this is one of my favourite things to eat!

There’s a secret ingredient in this which I think lifts it to the next level- anchovies! Please don’t be put off if you aren’t an anchovy fan in general, you would never even detect they were there, but they add a depth and a saltiness and zing that really lifts this dish and makes it mouthwatering! I also think that the addition of lemon zest makes this next-level tasty!

I do use some olive oil in this, and there is a ganger with tagliatelle of it going a bit claggy, and I think it’s worth the calories to make this dish just perfect.

 

My Recipe

Serves: 4
Syns: 2.5 per portion (oil and wine)
Healthy Extra: none

Ingredients

  • 300g dried tagliatelle
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 fresh red chillies, finely chopped
  • 400g peeled raw prawns
  • 3 anchovy fillets (tinned) roughly chopped
  • 300ml tomato passata
  • 100ml white wine
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 handful (approx 10g) parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • freshly ground salt and pepper

Method

  1. Cook your tagliatelle in a large pan of boiling water according to the packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and throw in the prawns. Cook on a high heat for 2 minutes until they are pink
  3. Toss in the garlic, chilli and anchovies. Fry for 30 seconds (be very careful not to let it start to burn!) and add in the white wine, giving a good stir. Bring the heat down to low.
  4. Add in the passata and stir through, then add in half the parsley and the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  5. When the pasta is ready, drain it in a colander. Toss the tagliatelle in with the sauce until fully coated.
  6. Divide between 4 plates and sprinkle with the grated lemon zest and the rest of the parsley.

Additional Info

For me, it's really important that my food looks good as well as tastes good! you can dress this up by adding a couple of twists of freshly ground black pepper, a little flaked red chilli and a lemon wedge. Rocket salad goes perfectly with this dish.

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