Spaghetti with prawns, chilli & rocket

Spaghetti with prawns, chilli & rocket

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins - 20 mins


Serves 4
A fresh, summery spaghetti dish packed full of seafood and spice

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal591
  • fat25g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein21g
  • salt0.26g
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  • 400g spaghetti
  • 2 long red chilli



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 100ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra
  • 200g bag frozen, shelled cooked prawn, defrosted



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

  • 2x50g bags wild rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…


  1. Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water according to pack instructions.

  2. While the spaghetti is cooking, split the chillies down the centre lengthways. Using a teaspoon and starting at the top, scoop the seeds from the flesh - add these if you like your food hot. Using a sharp knife, cut the chillies in thin strips, bundle them together and cut across to make squares.

  3. Drain the spaghetti, toss with a drizzling of olive oil and set aside. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or sauté pan over a high heat and add the prawns. Stir in the chillies, season, then add the spaghetti. Remove from the heat, fold through the rocket and stir.

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Comments (25)

vicki_mh's picture

An almost perfect quick and easy meal - ready in minutes. I added lemon juice and lots of black pepper and grated some parmesan on top. Delicious with tinned tuna as well (I used tuna in spring water). Next time I'm going to add sunblush tomatoes and possibly some poached salmon.

nickernoo's picture

Use garlic oil and be generous with the salt as I do and this is a really delicious, fresh quick and easy meal. Filling and yummy.

libby0's picture

I loved Ralph the Dog's comment. I marinated the prawns first in garlic, chilli, lemon, juice and oil. It was lovely!

vgroom's picture

The Nigella Lawson Spaghettini with Prawns is similar to this but much much tastier.

imaginist's picture

Simple, quick and delicious! Will definitely cook this one again.

clayton72's picture

don`t bother with this, bland and boring!!!! I`d like to see his face if you made him this on masterchef.....

graemebruce1977's picture

A favourite in our house. A lovely simple dish for midweek. Well done John Torode.

jazzy24's picture

This is a great recipe if your having friends round. It looks great and takes very little time. So if you get home from work late you can still be a great hostess.

I added some halved cherry tomatoes for colour and I used a scotch bonnet chilli as I like it spicy but take care and add a little at a time.

Serve lemon sorbet as desert if you need a pud at all.

hyyune's picture

Really easy to make but still very tasty! I used linguine instead of spaghetti and lots of prawns with extra chilli and rocket. I'll definitely try this again.

mumpluslil-o's picture

didnt like this dish at all, too bland and dry for me...thought it would be nice as i love prawns and rocket, but no! i didnt finish my meal. and the remaining will be thrown out!

avrile's picture

Delish! I added some garlic, and thinly sliced red peppers and used baby spinach as suggested instead of rocket.

iamam1's picture

I made this with tinned m&s crab and used lemon olive oil. it was delicious!

emcee47's picture

done this recipe a few times, never fails, its lovely.

stephjeff's picture

gorgeous. dead easy too. used a clove of garlic and added to the oil with some salt and only used one bag of rocket. will try with king prawns too.

karengannon's picture

I have made this many times and used lots of cherry tomatoes halved, spinach and basil, never used rocket but will try next time. It is lovely.

elinorwelch's picture

Really quick - tastier than it looks at first glance! Added some sun-blush tomatoes - delicious

paulhayes's picture

Very quick and easy but would add some lemon to give it something a little extra.

megust71's picture

Have made this many times - so quick, easy and tasty!! One of our favourites!!

siobhanbennett's picture

I made this with fettacini instead of spag and used chilli oil to toss the pasta in. It was really tasty esp as we had about double the amount of prawns you were supposed to! Tee hee!

6dinnersid's picture

Big hot for a tasty but quick meal. We use king prawns and lots of them!!!


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