Fresh Basil King Prawn Spaghetti

Italian dishes can be so simple to cook. This tomato and fresh basil King Prawn spaghetti is a simple, healthy and extremely tasty 30 minute meal that you can whip up after a day’s work. The secret ingredient to this dish is a few pinches of a gorgeous gourmet Italian Spice mix. With a little practice, making pasta sauces from scratch will become easy and they are so tasty – you’ll begin to wonder why you ever wasted money on shop brought ones.Cooking meals from scratch can become a a therapeutic pastime for many, and knowing exactly what goes into your food provides you with even greater satisfaction.

Serves 4
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 medium white onion, diced
  2. 1 large garlic clove (or 2 medium garlic cloves), crushed
  3. 1 tablespoon Rapeseed oil
  4. 1/2 organic vegetable stock
  5. Water
  6. Sea Salt
  7. Black Pepper
  8. A few pinches of Italian Spice mix
  9. 1 pinch of chilli flakes
  10. Juice of 1/2 lemon
  11. 1 x 400g tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  12. 2 teaspoons of Tomato Puree
  13. A handful of fresh Basil leaves, and extra for serving
  14. A handful of fresh Rocket
  15. 400g frozen King Prawns
  16. Wholeweat Spaghetti
  1. On a chopping board, prepare your onion and garlic; then place in a large pan/wok on high heat with a large dash of Rapeseed oil. Then crumble and stir in your vegetable stock with a dash of water. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions and garlic soften.
  2. Meanwhile, boil the kettle and fill a cooking pot 3/4 full with kettle-boiled water. Bring it to a higher boiling point on the hob using a high heat in preparation for the spaghetti.
  3. Next, mix 1/2 the tin of chopped tomatoes into the pan ingredients. Then take the pan ingredients and place in a blender and blitz for a few minutes until smooth. You can also use a hand-blender but remember to place the ingredients into an appropriate container to do so. Once smooth, return the ingredients to the pan.
  4. By now, your pot of water should be boiling. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Then place enough spaghetti in the pot for 4 servings using the packet instructions for reference. Don't break up the Spaghetti, just stick it in the pot and leave it too cook from the bottom up and it will eventually begin to soften and you can submerge the rest into the water.
  5. Into your sauce, stir in a pinch of sea salt, a good grinding of black pepper, the Italian spices, the tomato puree, chilli flakes, lemon juice and the remaining chopped tomatoes.
  6. Mix in some fresh basil and rocket, then lower the heat and leave to simmer for a few minutes.
  7. Add the prawns which from frozen will take roughly 7 minutes to cook through (turn pink) - roughly the same time it will take for your spaghetti to cook.
  8. Once your spaghetti is 'al dente', drain it and place it into the wok/pan with the prawns and sauce. You can add some of the starchy water from the spaghetti too for extra flavour. Then using tongs, toss everything up together in the pan on low heat.
  9. Divide among your dishes and top with a few sprigs of fresh Basil.
  10. Enjoy!
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Fresh Basil King Prawn Spaghetti


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