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Spaghetti Nero with Garlic Prawns

This Spaghetti Nero with Garlic prawns is a winner of a dish, simple to prepare but posh enough for company. Words cannot describe how good this is!

This Spaghetti Nero with garlic prawns is a winner of a dish, simple to prepare but posh enough for company. Words cannot describe how good this is!

This Spaghetti Nero with Garlic prawns is a winner of a dish, simple to prepare but posh enough for company. Words cannot describe how good this is!!

Garlic, butter, prawns. They just sing together. Add in a little oregano, a pinch of chilli and you have the most amazing dish. But when you add pasta into the dish well you have a dish made in heaven.

If you said I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, I would pick pasta. If you made me pick one pasta dish, then I think this might be it. Seriously I love everything about this!! (Please don’t make me pick one food!!! I would miss potatoes and steak and rice and curry and oysters and brie and…..Oh man, don’t make me pick!)

This Spaghetti Nero with Garlic prawns is a winner of a dish, simple to prepare but posh enough for company. Words cannot describe how good this is!

Pasta will always be my favourite food. It is my comfort food, my celebratory food, my instant food, my fall back food, my hangover food (honestly my chilli pasta with a fried egg can cure even a tequila hangover – trust me I know!!!!). Pasta is my food. You might remember that last year, whilst clearing out the pantry I had a bit of a pasta overload. If not you can read the post here along with my recipe for Red Chilli Pesto Pasta with Mascarpone. Pasta is the BEST! All pasta!

This Spaghetti Nero with Garlic prawns is a winner of a dish, simple to prepare but posh enough for company. Words cannot describe how good this is!!

But I especially love spaghetti nero, it is so dramatic with a slightly salty edge. Just look at the photos, doesn’t it look beautiful! I tell my kids that it is just dyed black. Even though they eat it and love it, I think if I told them it was coloured with squid ink, they may baulk at it. Is it terrible to fib?

The quantities I have given below will serve 2 hungry adults, but with a salad and/or garlic bread it could easily be stretched to 3 adults. It certainly feeds an adult and two children! Especially when one of them is still going through a picky phase and won’t eat any of the prawns! More for Mr 9 and I!!!!!

This Spaghetti Nero with Garlic prawns is a winner of a dish, simple to prepare but posh enough for company. Words cannot describe how good this is!!

When I make this for the kids I only add a small pinch of chilli flakes, so adapt it to suit your family. Chilli flakes here in Australia are pretty fiery compared to the ones I used to buy in the UK, which are more like the american red pepper flakes. Either way, a pinch helps enhance the dish but it is still lush without them!

This Spaghetti Nero with Garlic prawns is a winner of a dish, simple to prepare but posh enough for company. Words cannot describe how good this is!

This Spaghetti Nero with Garlic prawns is a winner of a dish, simple to prepare but posh enough for company. Words cannot describe how good this is!

I so hope you enjoy this dish, it is one of my favourite dishes and I want you to love it!!!!  x


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Spaghetti Nero with Garlic Prawns
This Spaghetti Nero with Garlic prawns is a winner of a dish, simple to prepare but posh enough for company. Words cannot describe how good this is!
Servings: 2
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
Ingredients
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 250 g /9 oz spaghetti nero
  • 250 g peeled and de-veined prawns
  • 80 g butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 cup rocket
  • parmesan (optional)
Instructions
  1. Peel the garlic and slice it paper thin (see notes)
  2. Place a large pan of water onto boil. Once it is bubbling add a generous amount of salt and cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  3. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium high heat, add the olive oil, sliced garlic, oregano and chilli flakes. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the prawns and cook for 3 minutes or until just pink.
  5. Add in the rocket and stir to coat in the butter.
  6. Drain the pasta and mix it into the 'sauce'.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with parmesan, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Slicing the garlic rather than mincing it, means it won't burn in the butter whilst the prawns cook.

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  1. Reply

    This looks so good Claire, the spaghetti looks amazing. Perfect with a splash of sauvignon 😉 xx

    1. Reply

      Now that sounds perfect 🙂
      And thank you xx

    • Dorothy Dunton
    • August 17, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Claire! This sounds delicious! I have seen squid ink pasta dishes on the internet and cooking shows, but have never seen it in a store. I’m lucky if I can find spinach pasta! Is rocket like arugula or spinach? Like you, I love all kinds of food but pasta is always such a comforting dish! I could never be a vegetarian, not that I don’t love vegs but giving up meat is just something I could not do!

    1. Reply

      It is pretty hard to find where I live too. I have to stock up when I go up to the city.

      Yes rocket is the same as arugula. Must remember to add the American words to my recipe. I am getting better at remembering the weight conversions (although sometimes I still forget!)

      I agree, I could never give up meat, a nice juicy steak! Or a perfectly roasted chicken. YUM!!!
      My sister was a vegetarian for a few years, but the smell of bacon sandwiches was too much for her!!!! She has been a dedicated meat eater again for over 10 years!

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