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Fresh Pasta with Prawns and Rocket Salad

Posted By Lesley On May 18, 2010 @ 4:31 pm In Blog | 3 Comments

Jamie Oliver’s “spaghetti con gamberetti e rucola” (Spaghetti with Prawns and Rocket) tastes divine, and we have it quite often, but I wanted to use the left over asparagus from the starter I’d made, which added a tasty crunch.

I also used the fresh pasta we’d bought as this has a much more absorbent and softer texture, making easier to pick up the delicate flavours of this dish.

I used a mixed salad (Baz calls it green stuff) with this dish, peppery baby leaf rocket, red cos, which is slightly bitter, but blends perfectly with the sweet nutty flavoured Batavia, and a little Mizuna which has a delicate mustard taste. I bought the salad separately but you should be able to buy it in mixed packets in the supermarket.

Here's the recipe:

Serves 2
Prep Time 5 mins
Cooking Time 5-10 mins


  • 250g Fresh spaghetti
  • 50g Sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, finely chopped or blitzed in a food processor
  • 1 Red Chilli pepper, finely sliced
  • 1 Clove garlic, finely sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Small glass dry white wine, about 3 fl oz
  • 5 Cooked asparagus spears, cut into 25mm pieces
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Handful of mixed salad
  • Parmesan cheese


    Bring a large pan of water to the boil, and turn down the heat to a simmer, ready for the pasta

    Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a wok or frying pan

    Add the chilli and garlic, stir fry for a few minutes


    Add the prawns and cook for about a minute, no longer


    Turn the heat up on the hot water to a rolling boil and drop in the spaghetti


    Bring back to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 2-3 minutes

    While the spaghetti is simmering, you can finish the sauce

    Add the sun dried tomatoes, asparagus and white wine to the prawns, garlic and chilli, turn the heat down and simmer for two minutes


    Drain the spaghetti and toss into the wok



    Add the salad leaves and mix thoroughly, season with freshly ground black pepper


    Serve with a few parmesan shavings on top, if preferred


  • Parmesan cheese


  • Large wok or frying pan
  • Large saucepan
  • Food processor

Shopping List

  • 250g Fresh spaghetti
  • 50g Sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1 Red Chilli pepper
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Small glass dry white wine, about 3 fl oz
  • 5 Asparagus spears
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Mixed salad
  • Parmesan cheese
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