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Chilli Prawn Bucatini Recipe

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I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published October 11th 2012
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Chilli Prawn Bucatini

After a long day at work, sometimes you just need to throw together a quick meal that's tasty, quick and hassle free. I've often resorted to picking up the phone and calling for a takeaway but this recipe is quicker, healthier and cheaper. It has even passed the dinner party challenge. I timed myself last time I made this knowing that I was going to write a review and it's possible to make it within 10 minutes.

Don't worry about exact measurements or having every ingredient, this is the kind of dish you can adapt and most items can be in your store cupboard or freezer. I like to use Bucatini pasta which is thicker than spaghetti and has a hole running through the middle but regular spaghetti would be fine.

Chilli Prawn Bucatini
Ingredients for 2
180g Bucatini
3 tablespoons of olive oil
I medium onion diced
65g pancetta ready cubed
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
180g large cooked prawns
- large handful of spinach

1. Put the Bucatini on to boil (takes 8 -10 mintes)
2. Fry the onion, pancetta cubes and chilli flakes in the olive oil until onion is soft and pancetta is going crisp
3. Add chilli flakes & prawns and heat through
4. Throw in the spinach and stir until it starts to wilt
5. Drain Bucatini and put into bowls with prawns on top.

It really is that simple and I promise it's delicious. If you want to make it more substantial you could add a tin of chopped tomatoes and stir through a heaped teaspoon of red pepper pesto. I usually keep a packet of prawns in the freezer as they defrost quickly and if I don't have any spinach then a handful of frozen peas will give it a lift of green. A splash of white wine goes well if you're opening a bottle (or need an excuse).

Preparation and cooking time is really quick. If you fancy something that's easy to prepare but you can stick in the oven until you're ready to eat then click to try my One Pot Meal recipe.
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Why? It's really quick and tastes delicious
When: Lunch or Dinner
Where: In the kitchen
Cost: Moderate
Your Comment
I saw bucatini pasta on our shopping list last week and wondered why this pasta we've never used before had appeared from nowhere. My Mum subscribes to WN, so she must have found your recipe.

Unfortunately I couldn't find any buacatini, so maybe spaghetti will have to do.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11687) 1932 days ago
I'm a fan of fettucine instead of spaghetti, but I'll put Bucatini on the shopping list to try as another alternative.
by Lindsay Law (score: 2|392) 1985 days ago
does it taste good without pancetta
by romzr (score: 0|5) 1981 days ago
Hi Romzr
I add the pancetta because my husband loves it in everything but it's still declicious without. If you like garlic add a few chopped cloves when you fry the onions. Some chopped up sundried or sunblushed tomatoes (the kind you get in olive oil) add great flavour too.
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 1981 days ago
by romzr (score: 0|5) 1980 days ago
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