It is freezingly cold tonight! Plan for the night; rent a movie- done, take a warm bubble bath- done, get a good glass of red wine- done, make a hearty pasta dinner- doing and it’s movie time under a warm blanket. Bradley Cooper, Red wine, good food! Can’t think of anything better right now! Feeling warm already!
For dinner tonight, a weather inspired Spicy Prawn Pasta
– Prawns( I bought frozen; less costly). – Penne Pasta. – marscapone. – coconut milk – sour cream – milk
– spices- my homemade masala- which contains cayenne, paprika, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground coriander and salt.
– veggies- mushrooms, carrots, onions, garlic(3 cloves), cherry tomatoes(7 of them, cut in the middle), spring onions, left over salsa( apple, red onions, cherry tomatoes- all diced finely).
1. The Prawns- remove shell, make sure intestinal tract is also removed. To the prawns, mix 3 tsp of masala and 3 scoops of coconut milk, mix well and leave to marinate for at least 1 hour. The longer the better! Then fry on pan until golden brownish, not exceeding 10 min. Do not put all of them in the pan at the same time, if you do this they’ll stew not lightly fry. Save the marinade mixture.
2. To hot pan add chopped onions until caramelised, then chopped garlic, mushrooms and after 2 min, tomatoes and carrots. In another 2 min, add chicken stock/ cube, mixed peppercorns, paprika and simmer. After 7 min, add Prawn marinade mixture, mascarpone(1tsp), 1tbs of sour cream and 1/4 cup of milk. Let it reduce and take off the heat in 5 min.
3. Penne pasta- you can use whatever pasta you like, add onto pot with boiling water a drop of oil and viniger. Draining the water in 7 min, just on the other side of al Dante( again however you enjoy yours).
4. Kale- roughly chop kale(also left over from dinner a few nights ago), add into hot pan with olive oil and 25ml of stock- cook for 5 min. Then remove from stove.
I love using Penne pasta in pasta dishes with a lot of ingredients, it makes the plate look cleaner and less busy.
Viniger- helps the oil in preventing the pasta from sticking together- tip: curtesy of Mr Gordon Ramsay
The Kale gives the dish some crunch and a slight bitterness and balances the rich flavour of the marscapone, coconut and sour cream.
Try it and Enjoy!