Linguine with Santa Barbara Spot Prawns

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds fresh Santa Barbara spot prawns, deveined, shells on

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

Crushed red pepper flakes

1 handful fresh parsley, finely chopped

1/2 cup dry white wine

One 28-ounce can whole peeled (pelati) tomatoes, blended

1 pound linguine (best choice would be an old traditional bronze-drawn pasta)

1 handful fresh basil leaves, torn

Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving

Directions

  1. Slice the back of each prawn with a knife to expose the pulp and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute the garlic and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the parsley and prawns. Cook the prawns on both sides until the color turn from dark grey (uncooked) to a vivid pink (cooked). Then add the white wine and stir well until the sharp smell of the wine is cooked off, about 1 minute (you don't want it dry).
  4. Remove the prawns and sauce to a casserole dish and reserve. Remove the shells from 2 prawns and chop into bite-size pieces. Add the chopped prawns and the tomatoes to the skillet and simmer over medium-high heat, about 15 minutes
  5. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook your pasta according to the directions on the box, and, as always, to make sure you achieve a proper "al dente" texture, drain it about 2 minutes before what is indicated.
  6. Move the pasta to the skillet and stir into the sauce for less than a minute on medium-high heat. Then move the pasta into a serving platter and organize the reserved prawns on top of it. Serve dressed with some fresh basil, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and one final sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

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