Creamy linguine with prawns

Creamy linguine with prawns

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(64 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 2
This delicious recipe is ready in a flash yet special enough to serve friends too. Add fresh crab and sliced red chilli for a treat

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal441
  • fat8g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.62g


  • 175g linguine
  • 2 tsp olive oil
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  • 1 garlic clove, finely sliced
  • 100ml white wine
  • 2 tbsp reduced-fat crème fraîche
  • juice ½ lemon (or to taste)



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

  • 2 handfuls (150g) raw peeled prawns



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

  • small bunch chives, finely chopped


  1. Cook the pasta. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the garlic for 2 mins. Tip in the wine and bubble over a high heat for 1 min, then lower the heat and stir in the crème fraîche and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and plenty of black pepper. Simmer for 1 min to reduce a little, then add the prawns and simmer in the sauce until just pink.

  2. Drain the pasta and tip into the sauce with half the chives. Use tongs to mix everything together. Divide between 2 shallow bowls and sprinkle with the remaining chives.

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3rd May, 2020
Great tasty simple to cook recipe. I added a finely sliced shallot and fried for a couple of mins before the garlic. Also sprinkled in some dried chilli flakes. Didn’t have fresh chives but dried worked just fine. Agree with other comments to go easy on the lemon, just serve with a wedge. Will definitely try this again probably using other shellfish and maybe mushroom.
The Trojan Horse
2nd Aug, 2019
stevewhitey87 Both pasta and prawns are quite bland on their own, I suspect the lack of salt has hindered your efforts. There is nothing really in this dish apart from lemon that has a decent strong flavour. Perhaps some hard grated cheese, but reduce the salt!
12th Jun, 2019
This is a firm family favourite. I add more garlic, double the prawns and add salmon fillets cooked with chillies ...absolutely delicious.
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L Walker
25th Oct, 2018
Stevewhite I used elmlea and I think it gives it a better flavour.... Also a touch of parmesan
20th Jul, 2018
Was not a fan of this recipe. My Mrs does not like seafood however tonight she is out so I made myself this recipe. I halfed everything to make one portion for just me and followed the recipe perfectly, however it really didn't have much flavour. I followed some tips about the amount of lemon so I reduced that too however it was just very bland. I was a bit disappointed.
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Siobhan Markwell
15th Jan, 2018
Didn't have the ingredients so substituted good vermouth for the wine, soured cream for the creme fraiche, parsley for the chives. I did add chilli and baby spinach I was scared would go to waste if I didn't. The sauce looked a bit thin but was perfect once the pasta landed in it. Was a hit with the kids but they wanted more prawns. You can safely up the garlic too I think. I did. Yum
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31st Oct, 2017
I tried this recipe for dinner last night but did pan-fried salmon fillets instead of prawns. Also used a Pinot Grigio for the sauce and added course ground black pepper as I love the look and texture as well as taste. It was so lovely! The lemon really cuts through the rich sauce and makes it light and zesty, perfect for a pasta fish dish! Thumbs up from myself and mum :)
22nd Aug, 2017
How does this not get 5 stars every time?! Husband declared it his favourite meal yet. So delicious. Added mushrooms, onions and doubled the prawns. No white wine but used some good quality white wine vinegar instead and it was such a treat. And yes not too much lemon as previously suggested.
21st Mar, 2017
Really enjoyed this. Easy to follow, used less lemon as suggested
3rd Oct, 2013
I'd like to thank you for this recipe. I doubled it up to do lunch for 4 and after reading other comments didn't use much lemon juice. I also grated a courgette in the magimix which I added with the cooked prawns just warming them through and it was delicious and went down very well.


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