I recently had possibly the best pasta dish of my life at Vapiano restaurant in London – a big, silky, comforting bowl of spaghetti, prawns, cream, pesto, onion, garlic, chilli and spinach. The best thing about this experience was that the dish was cooked in front of me (you order your food then the chefs cook it behind a long counter). I therefore realised that this AMAZINGLY delicious dish is easy to cook and only takes 15 minutes!
Within days my boyfriend cooked the dish himself at home and it was every bit as good. The kids loved it too. It makes a great family meal but would also impress friends. Here is the recipe.
Cracking Creamy Prawn and Spinach Pasta (serves 2)
Approx 200g pasta
A little olive or vegetable oil
1 large clove of garlic, crushed/chopped small
1/2 onion or a shallot, finely chopped
Approx 150g large prawns
1/2 fresh chilli, chopped small (seeds included!)
1 tbsp double cream
1 tbsp basil pesto
Large handful of parmesan
Large handful of spinach, roughly chopped
Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions. Meanwhile heat the oil separately in a pan, add the garlic, onion and prawns and fry on a medium heat for a few minutes, stirring regularly. Add the chilli, double cream, pesto and most of the parmesan. Heat for a few more minutes then add the spinach. Continue to heat for at least two more minutes, stirring regularly, until the spinach has wilted.
Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce mix. Mix well and divide between two bowls. Top with the remaining parmesan. Enjoy every second of eating it.