Pasta with prawns and rocket

Pasta with prawns and rocket

What's for Dinner?
10 mins
Cooking time
10 mins
Gorta Yuuki


Quantity Ingredient
400g pasta of your choice, such as spaghetti or linguine
olive oil, for cooking
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
500g raw prawns, shelled and deveined
125ml white wine
6 sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1 lemon, grated zested and juiced
rocket, roughly chopped


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil over high heat. Add a good pinch of salt. Add the pasta and stir until the water has returned to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and cook the pasta at a fast simmer for 8 minutes. Drain the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large heavy-based frying pan over medium–high heat and add a generous slug of olive oil. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for 2–3 minutes, or until the garlic just starts to colour. Add the prawns and cook for 1–2 minutes, tossing to coat with the garlic and chilli mixture. Add the white wine and sun-dried tomatoes and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 2–3 minutes.
  3. Drain the pasta well and add to the pan along with the lemon zest and juice and the rocket. Toss to combine and serve.

Pasta shapes

  • The shape of pasta you use is entirely up to you. I have made some suggestions, but families with younger kids may like to go with personal favourites. Different types of pasta are better with different types of sauces. Sauces that go over the cooked pasta, such as bolognaise, tomato sauce or carbonara are best with long pasta such as spaghetti, linguine and fettucine. Pasta where all the ingredients are cooked separately and tossed through the cooked pasta are better with short shapes such as rigatoni, penne or spirals. Pasta bakes are good with shapes such as orecchiette as these ‘ear-shaped’ pasta hold the sauce beautifully.
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