Lemon & parsley spaghetti

Lemon & parsley spaghetti

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 2
Fast food doesn't have to be at the end of a phone line. This 15-minute meal is the perfect pick me up after a long day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal455
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.37g
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  • 175g spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 140g large raw peeled prawn, thawed if frozen



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • zest and juice 1 lemon, plus wedges to serve (optional)



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • bunch flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped


  1. Boil the pasta. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan, add the prawns, then quickly fry until they are evenly pink.

  2. Throw in the lemon zest and juice, parsley, 2 tbsp of the pasta cooking water and salt and pepper, then heat through.

  3. Drain the spaghetti, add to the pan, then toss everything together. Serve with lemon wedges, if liked.

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Comments (28)

bryonyann's picture

Not keen on prawns so added garlic and some flaked, cooked salmon, Very nice :-))

shlush's picture

Amazing! The flavour combinations were brillaint.
I made this meal one evening with quorn 'chicken pieces' and my husband thought it smelt lovely so the next evening he made the prawn version!

elizalucy's picture

This was a little bland even with the addition of garlic, but I went with
adding Parmesan and this did the trick? Would definitely try some of the other ideas and think this would make a wonderful yet easy al fresco dish to share with friends in the summer with a side serving of salad. Recommend sprinkling parsley on at the end.

miikopiiko's picture

I thought this was going to be a bit bland, but it was actually really fresh, zesty and tasty. A great quick dish! I would use RAW king prawns as it gives a bit more flavour and you can make sure you don't overcook them. Yum!

marcelasf's picture

Is one of those recipes that only takes you 10 minutes. Perfect after a hard day at work when you don't feel like cooking. I sometimes also add green pesto and it's delicious!

mia-mia's picture

I added one red chilli when cooking the prawns and sprinkled with parmesan. Really fresh and tasty and so simple to make. Will definitely be making this again.

charlie347's picture

We tried this at the weekend when it was hot and we we're particularly hungry. Perfect for a light dinner or lunch and so refreshing and easy to make!

jessss's picture

I did do it with chives instead in the end. But it was VERY dry! I did like the lemony taste but quite plain. Will not be making again.

jessss's picture

Would this be okaii with chives instead of parsley?

jessss's picture

Would this be okaii with chives instead of parsley?

vrog's picture

Added some peas - easy-peasy and delicious

dopeyangel's picture

Absolutely lovely - added some courgette as someone else suggested and it went down an absolute treat. Plenty of black pepper too - so easy and quick.

philinbrighton's picture

This was nice. I added a splash of white wine and some low fat creme fraiche and served with a little parmesane. Good low fat food that fits well with a diet.

karenlovesgoodfood's picture

My hubby & i just love this wee recipe..its quick to make and its light and refreshing too - ideal for spring/ summer - and we find that adding some toasted pinenuts to the dish just flavours and finishes it off perfectly!! A firm favourite!

horkyy's picture

Delicious and so easy and quick. Perfect diet food too.

luciferj's picture

fantastic! wouldn't change a thing, very light and very quick to make.

jojo09's picture

Excellent. I dry fried some sliced chorizo with chopped garlic and basil and then added the prawns, oil and lemon with a handful of halved cherry tomatoes. Served with lots of crusty bread.

Goes well when served with smoked mackeral pate and melba toast as a starter.

samjones's picture

Yummy, I softened some red onion, courgette, chilli seeds in a teaspoon of olive oil, added the prawns, lemon zest and juice. Once pasta cooked, threw it all together with some pasta water and added freshly chopped corriander instead. Heaven. Top dish. Used whole wheat spaghetti and on weight watchers core diet, totally free.

lucyaitchison's picture

Very simple and tasty. Will enjoy making again soon.

sabina1's picture

Really liked this recipe. Will add some chilli when cooking the prawns next time.


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