Spicy Prawn Pasta Recipe

Pasta Recipes Sep 20, 2021

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 657 calories / serving


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (deseeded if you like)
  • 2-3 tsp harissa seasoning, to taste
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 350g spaghetti
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 250g frozen prawns
  • 1 lemon, zested and ½ juiced
  • Pinch of caster sugar (optional)
  • 100g reduced-fat salad cheese, crumbled


  1. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat and cook the onions for 6-8 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Fry for 1 minute after adding the garlic, chili, and 2 tsp harissa, then add the tomatoes, washing each tin with 100ml water and putting it to the pan.
  3. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce begins to thicken.
  4. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions, adding the broccoli for the last 4 minutes.
  5. Drain and set aside 100ml of the cooking water.
  6. Simmer for 2 minutes, or until the prawns have defrosted, stirring in the lemon zest and a squeeze of juice.
  7. Season to taste, and if desired, add a sprinkle of sugar to balance the flavors, as well as another 1 tsp harissa.
  8. Add the pasta and broccoli, as well as the majority of the cheese, to the sauce.
  9. Toss well, adding a splash of the conserved pasta water if necessary to loosen.
  10. To serve, top with the remaining cheese, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a pinch of black pepper.


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