One of my absolute favourite things about cooking is that sometimes, the most simple dishes are the most comforting, mouth watering ones. As somebody who is inherently a bit of a lazy arse, that’s a pretty comforting thought. This dinner is a lazy person’s culinary heaven. Garlic and chilli prawn spaghetti.
Let me set the scene. I’ve been getting up with a 4:45am alarm to go for about an hour’s run. After my run, I shower, get ready for work, eat breakfast and go to the office for 8 hours. I’m very aware that I’m lucky to only have myself to worry about right now, I don’t have a school run or a dog to walk, I don’t have a weekly Brownies group or anything like that. HOWEVER. Just occasionally, getting up the same time 18 year olds stumble home from town at the weekends gets me a teeny bit groggy. And on days like those, I just want to come home from work and have something simple, straight forward, healthy and delicious to eat. That’s not so much to ask right?! RIGHT?!
The ingredients list for this dish is minimal, but as an added bonus it’s made even more simple by the fact that there isn’t really any of that measuring or weighing mumbo jumbo that is very inconveniently present in more complicated dishes. It’s all a case of personal preference. If your eyes stream eating hot doritos, maybe don’t add much chilli. If you hate parsley, skip it! The list goes on. Here are the ingredients – play around with quantities until you get a result you like. My only word of advice would be that you can always add more but you can’t take it away, so start small and build. As a guide, I’ve put the very approximate quantities I used for 2 servings:
- wholewheat spaghetti
- raw king prawns
- garlic (6 cloves, chopped)
- olive oil (2 tbsp)
- lemon juice (half a lemon)
- parsley (about 6 snips off a 30g packet)
- tomato puree (half a tbsp)
- red chilli (half, deseeded)
It’s a straight forward, two pan job. Whilst in one pan you’re cooking the pasta and peas, you’ll want to use your other pan to cook the garlic and chilli until soft, add in the prawns and lemon juice, follow up with tomato puree. Once everything is cooked, combine the pasta with the prawny deliciousness, chop in some parsley, sprinkle with parmesan and bob is one’s proverbial uncle.