After a long weekend of get-togethers – hosting an early Christmas party on Friday, niece and nephews over for Christmas movie/game night/sleepover on Saturday and finally Christmas drinks and nibbles at the in laws on Sunday. The last thing I want to do is cook a big meal.
I feel like I have spent an undue amount of time in the kitchen the last few days prepping, that I have hit my quota for the week.
Coupled with the stress of wanting to sort out work applications I need comfort food.
Which brings me to my favourite One- Pot Spicy Prawn Pasta.
I remember a variation of this dish being made by my mother (who also worked full time) growing up. This recipe has held me in good stead whenever I felt like I had too much street food and wanted something home cooked during my long sometimes 12 – 16 hour days as an intern to post 36 hour shift medical officer.
Taking only a couple of minutes with hardly any prep. This dish was a healthy alternative to fast food, and comforting despite it’s simplicity.
- 150grams of Fettucine (at least 2 portions)
- Lemon juice – 1 whole lemon
- 5 cloves of garlic – diced
- 250 grams of spinach (you can use frozen spinach too)
- 50 grams of Parmesan cheese (you can add more if you like)
- Prawns 150grams – I used precooked prawns
- Mushrooms – Button/Cremini/Porcini (NOTE – Porcini will give you a bit more flavour of course)
- 2 Birds eye chillies sliced – I do not remove the seeds cause I like the additional kick
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Boil the pasta – remember to use plenty of salt
- Fry the garlic in olive oil together with the chillies
- Add the mushrooms
- Once browned add the spinach and lemon juice
- Once spinach has wilted add the prawns
- Toss in al dente pasta
- Add the parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste
- Stir and serve
You can also look at the video below for the steps!
This dish is so simple and tasty being creamy without being too heavy with a little added kick for good measure. It makes a great quick meal for a weeknight dinner or after one of those days!