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Prawn and spinach angel hair pasta with prawn oil

Prep Time:

30 Minutes

Cook Time:

45 Minutes


4 Servings





  • 400g angel hair pasta

  • 1kg green prawns, peeled (tails intact), deveined, shells reserved

  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 100g baby spinach leaves

  • Micro basil, to serve

Prawn Oil

  • 1 cup (250ml) olive oil

  • 5 lemon thyme sprigs, leaves picked

  • 4 garlic cloves, bruised

  • 1 each carrot and onion, roughly chopped

  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp each fennel and coriander seeds

  • 1 tbs tomato paste

  • 6 flat-leaf parsley stalks

  • 2 basil stalks

  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika (pimenton)


Step 1

For the prawn oil, heat 1/2 cup (125ml) oil in a large saucepan over high heat.

Step 2

Add reserved prawn shells, thyme leaves, garlic, vegetables, bay leaves, and fennel and coriander seeds.

Step 3

Cook, stirring, for 5-6 minutes until shells are crisp and dry.

Step 4

Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until slightly darkened and caramelized.

Step 5

Add the parsley, basil stalks and paprika, and stir to combine.

Step 6

Add the remaining 1/2 cup (125ml) oil.

Step 7

Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until flavors infuse.

Step 8

Remove from heat and allow to infuse for a further 15 minutes.

Step 9. Strain the oil through a sieve, pressing down on the shells to extract as much oil as possible.

Step 10. Discard solids and set aside.

Step 11. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water according to packet instructions. Drain.

Step 12. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbs prawn oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat.

Step 13.

Add the prawns and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until just cooked through.

Step 14.

Add tomato and spinach and cook for a further 1 minute or until tomato is warmed through and spinach is wilted.

Step 15.

Add drained pasta to pan with reserved prawn oil. Season and toss to combine.

Step 16. Divide among serving plates and top with micro basil to serve.

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