Saturday 7 June 2014

Saturday Supper - Creamy tomato, courgette and prawn pasta

It's a few weeks since I posted a recipe here - this is a fast and fresh tasting supper dish.

Creamy tomato, courgette and prawn pasta

Serves 4 (but see my notes below)

1 tbsp olive oil
2 fat garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 large or 400g baby courgettes, sliced
400g orecchiette pasta, or any other small pasta shape
2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes
good pinch of sugar
200g raw prawns, peeled
100g half-fat crème fraîche
small pack basil, leaves only, torn
Heat the oil in a large pan, add the garlic and sizzle for a few minutes, then add the courgettes and cook for a few minutess more until they start to soften. Cook the pasta following pack instructions.

Add the tomatoes, sugar and seasoning to the pan, stir and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 mins while the pasta cooks.

Add the prawns to the sauce and bubble until they just turn pink. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce with the crème fraîche. Simmer for another 1-2 mins, then add the basil and serve.
Things I do: OK, so (IMHO) I think the balance of ingredients here isn't quite right - prawns versus everything else, you'd really be searching for a prawn if you used the quantity suggested. So I almost doubled the amount of prawns (I used 360g, same amount as I would for a stir fry) and kept all the other recipe quantities the same.
We struggled to finish the dish - not surprising as it certainly would feed three and perhaps four at a push. Next time I think I'll try still using 360g prawns and perhaps half the rest of the ingredients :) But, it really is yummy and very easy to make too.




  1. This sure looks yummy Di and it's one im going to be trying. Intact despite the time I could happily tuck in right now!!! Oh before I forget I've just entered a second card to the snippets challenge. Have a fun day. Sarah xx

  2. Wright back from work
    and now I am so hungry
    this meal must be so yummmy
    thanks for idea
    hugs Tamara

  3. Hello Di, this looks very tasty and as you had trouble eating it all the very least you could have done was make up a tuck box for a couple of starving playmates up here in Scotland ... we would have scoffed it in no time :) Hope your back is much improved by now. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  4. That is a wonderful assortment in the spotlight, this week! Also, a big bravo to Mrs. A on her win.

    Di, that is a fun little quilt pattern you have created, on this weeks inspiration card.

  5. My...looks yummy...I love prawns!


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