spaghetti con gamberetti e rucola


last sunday we had the pleasure of attending the celebratory [slash] going-away bbq for my husband’s fake cousin. he’s going to nepal. for a month.

none of that is really relevant, i just think it’s pretty cool.

the bbq was hosted by his mother: the most beautiful little italian woman i know. she cooks a lot, she cooks to feed. and she has a hell of a cook book collection.

lucky for me she liked me enough to loan one i’d had my eye on for a while… jamie’s italy.

spaghetti con gamberetti e rucola

half a pack of no.1 spaghetti
2 cloves of garlic
1 fresh red chilli
a dozen or so peeled raw prawns
a small glass of white wine
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
zest and juice of one lemon
2 handfuls of baby rocket
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

get your water on to boil and add a little salt. throw in your pasta and cook for around 13 mins. gently heat three lugs of olive oil in a large pan and toss in finely chopped garlic and chilli. add the prawns when your garlic starts to get a little golden and move around the pan for about a minute. add in your tomato paste and wine, stir through and simmer for a couple of minutes. drain pasta and throw into the pan, along with lemon juice and most of the rocket. serve up with a little lemon zest, fresh rocket and cracked pepper.

and serve with that now opened bottle of white.

(note: this recipe definitely differs from jamie’s. i like to put my own little spin on things.)

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