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Spaghetti with prawns & rocket (Spaghetti con gamberetti e rucola)

This dish was on the menu in a little restaurant called La Gondola in one of the roughest parts of Palermo. I thought the combination of flavours was great, and very accessible to us back home in Britain. You can buy very high-quality frozen prawns in supermarkets these days, so it's a win-win situation, but if you can get hold of some super-fresh ones and peel them yourself this can all of a sudden become very luxurious in flavour. A real crowd-pleaser. Finish off with good-quality olive oil and wild rocket full of flavour and you'll be laughing. PS If using frozen prawns, make sure they're thawed out.

Nutritional Information (amount per serving)

Calories
666kcal
Carbs
81.3g
Sugar
8.0g
Fat
18.7g
Saturates
2.6g
Protein
33.4g

Serves 4   Approx time: 20   Difficulty: super easy

Ingredients

  • 455 g dried spaghetti
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1-2 dried red chillies, crumbled
  • 400 g peeled raw prawns, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger
  • 1 small wineglass white wine
  • 2 heaped tablespoons sun-sried tomato puree, or 6 sun-dried tomatoes blitzed in a blender
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest of
  • 2 handfuls rocket, roughly chopped
 

Method

Cook your spaghetti in a large pan of salted boiling water according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat 3 good lugs of extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan and toss in the garlic and chilli. As the garlic begins to colour, add the prawns and sauté them for a minute. Add the white wine and the tomato purée and simmer for a couple of minutes. When the pasta is ready, drain it in a colander, reserving a little of the cooking water. Toss the spaghetti with the sauce, squeeze in the lemon juice, add half the chopped rocket, adding a little of the reserved cooking water if you want to loosen the sauce a bit, and correct the seasoning. Divide between 4 plates and sprinkle with the grated lemon zest and the rest of the rocket leaves.




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