Spaghetti with prawns, chilli & rocket

Spaghetti with prawns, chilli & rocket

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(18 ratings)

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 chillies



    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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29th Jan, 2013
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.
7th May, 2012
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.
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12th Dec, 2011
I loved Ralph the Dog's comment. I marinated the prawns first in garlic, chilli, lemon, juice and oil. It was lovely!
10th Nov, 2011
The Nigella Lawson Spaghettini with Prawns is similar to this but much much tastier.
12th Sep, 2011
Simple, quick and delicious! Will definitely cook this one again.
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20th Feb, 2011
don`t bother with this, bland and boring!!!! I`d like to see his face if you made him this on masterchef.....
3rd Dec, 2010
A favourite in our house. A lovely simple dish for midweek. Well done John Torode.
22nd Jun, 2010
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.
23rd Nov, 2009
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.
9th Oct, 2009
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!


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