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Easy midweek pasta: creamy prawn & spinach pasta

on January 22, 2012

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This is a briliant quick and easy midweek dinner, that actually is quite a good diet option – providing you’re going for about 500 calories for dinner. It comes in at 499 calories. However, I substituted the cream for a low fat creme fraiche which would have reduced the calories further. It’s also good because it doesn’t taste like a diet dinner. It’s tasty, uses everyday ingredients, feels rich and satisfying and can be made in about 20 minutes, or the time it takes to cook the pasta.

The original recipe is here http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1553660/prawn-pasta

I didn’t change it significantly, bar the creme fraiche, and I used spiral pasta and added an onion as well.

Creamy prawn & spinach pasta

Serves 2

  • 170-200g pasta of your choice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 14 king or tiger prawns, raw or cooked (I used raw)
  • 100g spinach, stalks removed and chopped (or use baby spinach)
  • 2 tbsp low fat creme fraiche
  • Salt & pepper
  • Handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • parmesan grated, to top (optional)
  1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan on a medium heat and fry the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the prawns (if using raw) and fry for a couple of minutes until they start to go opaque and pink.
  4. Then add the spinach and stir well to combine. Allow to wilt for a couple of minutes. Then add the prawns if using cooked.
  5. Add the creme fraiche, salt, pepper and parsley. Stir well. If it’s a bit thick, add a spoonful or two of pasta water.
  6. Tip the pasta into the sauce, stir well to coat the pasta in the sauce, and serve immediately with some parmesan grated on top (optional).
  7. Enjoy the decadence without the guilt!
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3 responses to “Easy midweek pasta: creamy prawn & spinach pasta

  1. Tom Bowker says:

    Did it last week for my sister and brother in law, a few days after she gave birth. Went down a treat! 4-year old nephew polished off the leftovers for lunch the following day, apparently.

    • Congrats to your sister (I’m assuming its Miriam?). That’s wonderful news. Did she have a boy or girl? And as for your nephew – well I’m impressed, she has him well trained – there’s quite a few four year olds that won’t eat prawns or spinach! Glad I could help and that it worked out well for you.

  2. Tom Bowker says:

    Yep, Miriam – new boy called Vincent. And Simeon is obviously a young man of good taste!

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