Try out this Pesto King Prawn Pasta for a quick midweek meal. Simple step by step guide showing you how to make this easy seafood pasta from scratch.
Raw King Prawn cooked with garlic, chilli and cherry tomatoes. Fusilli Lunghi / spaghetti or linguine can be added with a homemade or shop brought basil pesto.
Finished off with a sprinkle of parmesan.
Amazing shrimp recipe with a great flavoursome sauce. Best of all, this prawn pasta dish is ready in only 20 minutes.
How to make pesto king prawn pasta?
See our step by step slide show on how we made our Pesto King Prawn Pasta, seafood recipe at home.
The full ingredients and instructions can be found on the recipe card below in both UK grams and US ounces.
What pasta shape to use?
The first step is to boil your pasta, we tried out a new pasta shape this time, Fusilli Lunghi, a long corkscrew spiral-shaped pasta. We think it made this dish look amazing!
However you can use spaghetti, linguine, bucatini, fettuccine, tagliatelle or capellini
Experiment with whatever shape you like, just cook to the packet's instruction.
Cooking Raw King Prawns with Chilli and Garlic
Whilst the pasta is cooking, use a large cast-iron pan to fry off the raw king prawns.
Add crushed garlic and minced chilli you can use fresh or cheat like we did, using Gia Puree's to help make this dish even quicker.
How much chilli to add?
We use 1 tsp of chilli puree which is the equivalent to 1 medium spiced chilli. It is not too hot. You can omit the chilli completely or add extra? Make it as spicy as you like.
Once the prawns have been coated with chilli and garlic oil, add the halved cherry tomatoes. Season with salt & pepper.
Cook the king prawns and tomatoes for 5-8 minutes. Cooking time varies depending on the size of prawns used.
Can I use cooked king prawns?
If using pre-cooked king prawns it is best to fry the tomatoes with garlic and chilli before adding the prawns, the cooked prawns only need warming up not cooking.
By this time, the pasta will be ready to drain and add straight to the pan.
Finally, add the green basil pesto. You can buy a jar in the supermarket or make up your own batch? We have our own nut-free version Parmesan & Basil Pesto, which we used.
Stir the green basil pesto through on low heat until warmed through.
Pasta Serving suggestions
Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese.
Why not add a side salad, or garlic bread or try our delicious Olive & Herb Focaccia Bread.
This prawn pasta can also make a great summer lunch served cold with rocket.
The Fusilli Lunghi pasta gives a great look to this dish. The kids loved slurping up the curly strands!
Pesto King Prawn Pasta
- 250 grams Pasta (9 oz) Shape of your choice we used Fusilli Lunghi
- 1 tsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Gia Garlic Puree or 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 1 tsp Gia Chilli Puree 1 finely chopped/ crushed chilli pepper
- 160 grams Raw King Prawns (5 ½ oz)
- 10 Cherry Tomatoes Halved
- 190 gram Basil Pesto (6 ½ oz)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Parmesan Grated to serve
- Cook pasta to packet instructions
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil, garlic and chilli in a large pan over medium-low heat.
- Add king prawns, stir them through the oil.
- Then add cherry tomatoes and season with salt & pepper.Cook on medium-low heat for 5-8 mins. Stirring occasionally.
- Drain pasta, transfer to the pan.
- Add basil pesto stir in on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, until warmed through.
- Serve with a generous scattering of parmesan.Enjoy!!
Can I use cooked prawns?Yes, you can, just add them after the tomatoes have had 5 minutes and warm them through with the oil for 3 minutes.
This post was originally published on 12/02/2020 and had been modified on 09/04/2021. With updated recipe card, and a new video for how to make this king prawn pesto pasta recipe.
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