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Spicy prawn pasta recipe

Spicy prawn pasta recipe

15 ratings

Turn the heat up in the kitchen with this spicy prawn pasta, made with smoky harissa seasoning that will make this a dinner time regular. Full of fresh vegetables to ensure this adds to your 5-a-day, a silky smooth tomato sauce and plenty of tang from lemon juice and salad cheese, plate this dish up in just 25 minutes and enjoy. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 657 calories / serving


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (deseeded if you like)
  • 2-3 tsp harissa seasoning, to taste
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 350g spaghetti
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 250g frozen prawns
  • 1 lemon, zested and ½ juiced
  • Pinch of caster sugar (optional)
  • 100g reduced-fat salad cheese, crumbled
If you don't have chopped tomatoes, chop up a tin of plum tomatoes instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    13g 19%
  • Saturates

    4g 18%
  • Sugars

    24g 27%
  • Salt

    2.2g 37%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 97.4g Protein 34.8g Fibre 12.6g


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onions for 6-8 mins until softened. Stir in the garlic, chilli and 2 tsp harissa and fry for 1 min, then add the tomatoes, rinsing out each tin with 100ml water and adding it to the pan. Simmer for 10-15 mins until just starting to thicken.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to boil and cook the spaghetti to pack instructions, adding the broccoli for the last 4 mins. Drain, reserving 100ml cooking water
  3. Stir the prawns, lemon zest and a squeeze of juice through the sauce and simmer for 2 mins or until the prawns have defrosted. Season to taste, adding a pinch of sugar to balance the favours, if needed, and another 1 tsp harissa, if you like.
  4. Add the spaghetti and broccoli to the sauce along with most of the cheese. Toss together well, adding a splash of the reserved pasta water to loosen, if needed. Top with the remaining cheese, a squeeze more lemon juice and extra black pepper to serve.

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