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.
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.