I don't get any marks out of ten for presentation, I know, but trust me that this dish tastes amazing.
Olive or groundnut oil
1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
250g King Prawns, preferably raw
4 chopped spring onions
125 ml Dry white wine (tonight I used Pinot Grigio)
125 ml Double cream
Fresh Basil leaves (I used about 8 large ones)
16 baby plum tomatoes, chopped
Pinch of Cayenne pepper, or to taste (I use a good teaspoon!)
Salt and pepper to taste
Crusty bread or garlic bread slices to dip
|Gather all your ingredients together|
The bottle of wine, incidentally, is hiding THE most sorriest looking basil plant you've ever seen. It's only a week old. It's died twice. Once more and it's going in the compost bin.
|Chop all your bits and bobs up ready|
Put your pasta on to boil.
|Garlic and spring onions cooking on a medium heat|
Ideally I use raw king prawns, which go into the pan with the garlic and spring onion, and they are cooked until pink, turned over until the other side is pink, then you set the prawns aside on a plate. I only had cooked prawns tonight, so I set them aside until the last stage. Everything else in the recipe continues the same whether or not.
|White wine and cream added|
Add the glass of wine and double cream to the pan, bring to the boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
Add the baby plum tomatoes and simmer for 2 minutes more.
|Add the Cayenne pepper|
Add the Cayenne pepper as you like it (I use a lot!) and season with salt and ground black pepper, if desired.
|Add your prawns to the pan|
Return your prawns to the pan, this is just to warm them through, don't overcook them or they'll be rubbery. Add the basil to the pan, tear the leaves by hand. Stir everything together. By this point, your pasta should be cooked.
|I hate food waste...|
Unfortunately, you will have a good two-thirds of a bottle of wine left over. This can now be poured down the sink. Or, apparently Pinot Grigio goes well with Seafood and creamy pasta dishes... I don't know if there's any truth in that though*.
* Yes, there is an absolute truth in that. Hence why I 'forgot' to post this last night...
Let me know if you try this recipe!