Rosalind and Renato Balsadonna’s Pasta With Prawns
Updated: Apr 14
Ingredients for 4 people:
*Garlic, 3 cloves
*Fillet of Anchovies x5
*Fresh cherry tomatoes 14/16 chopped
*Fresh flat leaf parsley, a very good handful
*Fresh prawns (unshelled) 200g
*Dry White wine for cooking, 1 glass
Salt & pepper
100g pasta per person, I like linguine instead of spaghetti for this recipe as linguine allows more sauce to cover the surface of the pasta, avoid pasta all’uovo which already has a distinctive taste.
Linguine, De Cecco.
Take a large sauté pan and poor in olive oil, enough to make a film of oil on the bottom of the pan. With the back of a wooden spoon press the pealed garlic cloves into the oil (I find this easier to do in the pan before I put the oil in otherwise it's slips and slides!) until lightly golden, take care not to burn the oil or the garlic.
When lightly browned take out the garlic,( if you love garlic you can keep it) take off the heat and add the anchovies and break up so they almost dissolve into the oil. It might spit a bit when adding anchovies so take care.
Put pan back on the heat and add the prawns and the White wine and stir, let the wine evaporate (the heat should be quite high for this).
Add the chopped cherry tomatoes and stir allow them to boil in order to make a little sauce.
Add a pinch of pepperoncino, enough to add a little flavour and depending on how hot you want it.
Add salt & pepper.
Meanwhile, whilst the sauce is cooking take a large deep pan for the pasta and fill it with water, add a teaspoon or two of rock salt if you have some. Bring to the boil and add the pasta. Cook the pasta for the exact time it says on the pack, normally about 11-12 mins.
When pasta is ready remove immediately from the heat drain pasta in a colander, tip pasta onto prawn mixture and mix together. Stir in the fresh parsley leaves and serve immediately.