Shrimp and red pepper pasta

Pasta with Prawns and Red Peppers

This versatile pasta dish is great for a family meal or for a dinner party.  This is one of my favourites to make for family and friends.  I normally substitute the prawns with chicken when we have a family meal.  I pan fry, or poach, 3 chicken breasts and break them into bite size pieces to add to the pasta once the sauce is made.  If you prefer a vegetarian option, leave out the prawns or chicken completely, and it is equally as delicious.

The Coral Trees , which are in abundance here in Durban, have long shed their leaves, and their beautiful coral-red flowers are in full bloom.  This marks the end of Winter and heralds the beginning of Spring, a time to start thinking of healthy eating options, heading down to the beach, and exercising more often to shed that extra Winter weight.   But first a quick pasta…..

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Pasta with Prawns and Red Peppers
Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 6
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  • Prawns - as many as you would use (normally 6 in each portion)
  • 500g fetuccini
  • 30ml (2Tbl) olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 15-20ml (3-4tsp) chilli sauce
  • 60ml (1/4cup) tomato paste
  • 625ml ( 2½ cups) cream
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk
  • 250ml (1 cup) vegetable stock (water mixed with 1 tsp vegetable stock powder)
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Par boil the prawns so that they are firm and slightly undercooked. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil and add chopped onions and cook until soft
  3. Add sliced red pepper and garlic and soften
  4. Add chili sauce and tomato paste . Test your chili sauce before adding too much. Its better to start off with half the quantity and add more later if you dont want it too hot.
  5. Add vegetable stock.
  6. Add the milk and cream, adjust to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the prawns just before serving and half the basil.
  8. Decorate with remaining basil leaves.
  9. Serve with crusty bread and parmesan shavings.
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