Shrimp/Prawn and Chorizo Pasta, a fabulous 20-minute meal with a spicy kick. The chorizo and prawns are cooked with garlic, chilly flakes, lemon juice and fresh parsley, then the cooked spaghetti and tossed in to create a posh meal for busy midweeks, or, why not, a dinner date. No need for a sauce, this pasta is delicious simplicity.
It might be December, but, if like me, you want/need a break from all the Christmas cooking and baking, then a nice bowl of pasta is all you need. But not just any boring pasta with a boring store-bought tomato sauce, oh no! This pasta is one fine dish that can rival an expensive meal in a not-so-cheap restaurant.
Or, perhaps you want to impress your family and friends with a special dinner. And special it is! Prawns and chorizo are one nice combo. Cooked on their own, prawns can be pretty bland, at least to my taste buds, so they need some other ingredients to add a bit of flavour.
And I can’t think of anything more flavourful than some chorizo slices sizzling in a hot pan with some garlic and chilly flakes. The gorgeous bright red colour coming from the paprika adds a nice touch too, so we don’t need to add any sauces at all.
HOW TO MAKE PRAWN AND CHORIZO PASTA
This pasta dish can be prepared in well under 20 minutes, and have it ready for dinner without much effort or preparation. Which makes it ideal when time is tight and you’d rather not complicate yourself with difficult dishes.
- cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions
- in a large frying pan, heat up the olive oil, add the sliced chorizo and quickly fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side
- add the garlic and chilly flakes and cook for a further 30 seconds
Note! Since the pan is hot, the chilly flakes will heat up quickly and release not only fragrance, but also a bit of spiciness, so we need to have all the ingredients ready before starting to cook the dish. The quicker we work, the better.
- add the prawns/shrimp, and leave to cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink. Do not overcook the prawns, otherwise they become tough and rubbery
- in go the chopped parsley and lemon juice too
- once the spaghetti is cooked, drain the water and toss them in the pan to coat well
- remove from the heat and serve immediately
ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF COOKING
Like with any other dish on my blog, this recipe can be easily tweaked to your own liking. If with baking we need exact ingredients in order for the recipe to work, with savoury/dinner dishes, things are a lot simpler. As long as the ingredients added work together, there is no right or wrong, anything goes. Same for the amounts of ingredients used.
I used dried chilly flakes for this pasta dish, but red chilli peppers also work very well. For extra goodness, you can also add red bell peppers to up the nutritional value, or any other peppers you have.
If you can’t handle heat very well, either add less chilli, or just herbs for extra flavour. Italian herbs would work pretty well here, or any other herbs you usually like for pasta. In which case, you might need to add more garlic, for some more flavour.
Any kind of pasta works here, not just spaghetti. Even orzo, and the cooking method would be the same, there is no difference in cooking time or final result. Looking for more pasta dishes that can be prepared in under 20 minutes? How about these fabulous recipes: Easy Bacon Carbonara Pasta Recipe, 20-Minute Creamy Shrimp Alfredo Pasta for Two or Easy Pasta with Shrimp and Spinach.
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Shrimp/Prawn and Chorizo Pasta, a fabulous 20-minute meal with a spicy kick. The chorizo and prawns are cooked with garlic, chilly flakes, lemon juice and fresh parsley, then the cooked spaghetti and tossed in to create a posh meal for special occasions like Valentine's Day or, why not, a dinner date. No need for a sauce, this pasta is delicious simplicity. It's a great dinner idea for busy midweeks too.
- 1/4 packet spaghetti
- 1/2 chorizo sausage ring (about 1 cup chorizo slices)
- 1/2 lb prawns / shrimp
- 1 tbsp dried chilli flakes
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions.
Slice the chorizo, peel and chop the garlic.
In a large frying pan, heat up the olive oil, add the chorizo slices and fry on both sides for about 1-2 minutes.
Add the garlic and chilli flakes cook for a further 30 seconds.
In go the shrimps, leave to cook for about 2 minutes on each side until pink.
Add the lemon juice and fresh parsley.
When the spaghetti are cooked, drain the water and add to the pan, tossing well to coat.
Serve with extra chilli flakes.