Spaghetti with chilli prawns, salami & gremolata breadcrumbs

Spaghetti with chilli prawns, salami & gremolata breadcrumbs

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Sautée red chillies with garlic, fennel seeds and tomatoes for a delicious and easy pasta sauce base - finish with crunchy parsley breadcrumbs

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal613
  • fat19g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs78g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 thumb-sized red chillies, sliced and most seeds removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 10 slices fennel salami, chopped



    Salami are a family of coarse, dry, boldly seasoned sausages. The intense flavour of salami…

  • 140g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 400g spaghetti or bucatini pasta
  • 300g large raw prawns, shells removed



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

For the breadcrumbs

  • 2 slices crusty bread, pulsed to crumbs
  • large handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • zest 1 lemon



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


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. In a large frying pan, heat 3 tbsp of the oil. Add the chillies and most of the garlic (save 1 tsp for the breadcrumbs) and sauté until golden, about 2-3 mins. Add the fennel seeds and salami, and stir for 1 min. Tip in the tomatoes and a pinch of salt, then sauté for a further 10 mins.

  2. Tip the breadcrumbs onto a baking sheet, pour over the remaining oil, season and bake for 7 mins. Toss the remaining garlic through the crumbs and bake for 3 mins more. Remove and add the parsley and lemon zest.

  3. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water to packet instructions, about 9 mins. Heat the sauce and just before the pasta is ready, stir in the prawns so that they cook through. Drain the pasta and mix with the sauce, then sprinkle with the crumbs.

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jaded84's picture
4th Jun, 2020
Delicious and simple but a little too spicy for my taste, may leave out the chilli next time
3rd Jul, 2019
Delicious meal and we have it regularly. We don't often do the gremolata but it's still very tasty without it (ditto chilli, we don't always put it in or use dried chilli instead, still tasty!)
25th Mar, 2019
I love this, I rarely use fennel but it works so well with these flavours. Equally delicious without the salami for a pescatarian dinner or lunch. Really quick and easy to prepare, next time I'll probably stir in a little bit of baby spinach to the finished dish as well.
14th Jun, 2018
This is delicious! The gremolata gives a beautiful crunch all the way through. I did find it very rich so will be replacing the salami for pancetta or parma ham next time. Definitely recommend this recipe.
22nd Aug, 2017
I used tinned toms instead of fresh and I had half a packet of pepperoni so used that. Also used fresh fennel. Delicious.
french_cook's picture
24th Oct, 2015
This is a great recipe, big hit at home! I didn't have salami so I used pancetta and I have added some tomato puree (2 tbsp) and some lemon juice to the sauce. Very tasty, ready in minutes, a winner!
29th Sep, 2015
Has anyone here REALLY fried fresh chillies???? They give off a fume that makes your eyes sting and water profusely. Hands up anyone who has done it and is willing to suffer that again. Anyone who has experienced the burning eye experience knows to add them to fluid first!
31st Aug, 2015
Excellent recipe. Fennel is not an ingredient I normally cook with but the combination of flavours in this dish are delicious. The gremolata breadcrumbs in particular are to die for!
8th Jun, 2015
Really liked this recipe, the fennel and salami give it a different base flavor to the usual chilli, garlic, tomato pasta dishes that are more common. The breadcrumbs are really delicious and also add visually and in terms of texture.
deejayellie's picture
25th Jan, 2015
This recipe is perfect just as it is. The whole family enjoyed it.


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