Today I'm sharing a recipe I've adapted from Johnny's (Feed the Piglet) blog - Johnny used to train as a chef and he has developed more than 200 recipes that he is sharing on his blog. He also take really awesome photos of his dishes - so do check it out!
I adapted Johnny's Prawn Pasta recipe - adding a little chili for some kick and some French beans as I had some leftover. I was never really a fan of creamy pasta dishes - in the past I used to buy those canned pasta sauces and they are all too thick, heavy and creamy for me. The combination of stock + cream is perfect - the resulting sauce is not too thick and the heat from the chili helps to offset the heaviness I usually get from eating cream pastas. Perfect!
Here comes the step-by-step recipes!
|1) Fry the onion and chili in a little oil until onion has softened.||2) Add in garlic and fry until fragrant.|
|3) Sear the prawns until cooked through.||4) Remove the cooked prawns and cook the mushrooms until they have softened and reduced in size.|
|5) Add in water and stock cube (I used chicken stock cube).||6) Add in bay leaf and simmer until the stock has reduced by ⅓.|
|7) Add in cream and bring the sauce to a simmer.||8) Add in cooked pasta and vegetables (if using).|
Time to dig in! (Sorry for the over-exposed shot!)
Thank you, Johnny, for such a wonderful recipe!
Do check out his blog and see the many recipes he has shared! 🙂
Creamy Mushrooms and Prawns Pasta
- 10 large prawns, heads removed, peeled and de-veined
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 180 grams spaghetti
- ½ onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 chilli padi, thinly sliced (remove the seeds if you don't like it too spicy)
- 2 cloves garlic , peeled and minced
- 250 grams mushrooms, sliced
- 125 ml water / vegetable / chicken stock
- ½ stock cube, omit if you are using liquid stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 125 ml cream
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Mix the prawns with 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside for 10 minutes. Rinse and drain the prawns. Set aside.
Cook the Sauce
- In a large pot, heat a few lugs of olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add in the onion and chilli - the onion should sizzle gently. Turn down the heat to low and cook the onion for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until the onion has softened and is translucent. Add in the garlic and continue to cook on low heat until the garlic is fragrant.
- Push the onion-garlic mixture to the side of the pot. Turn the heat up to medium and add in a little bit more oil if the pot is dry. Sear the prawns on both sides until cooked through. Remove the prawns and set aside.
- Add in the mushrooms and cook over medium-high heat until the mushrooms have softened and shrunk in size. Add in the water/stock, stock cube (if using) and bay leaf. Turn up the heat and bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently until the stock has reduced by ⅓, stirring frequently.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil and season with salt (½ tablespoon salt per 1 litre of water). Add in the spaghetti and cook until al-dente.
- You can incorporate incorporate vegetables (e.g. beans or peas) into the pasta - simply add them into the boiling water towards the end, depending on how long they take to cook.
Return to the Sauce and Add the Pasta
- Stir in the cream and bring to a simmer (do not let it boil). Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Drain the pasta and vegetables, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Add the pasta and vegetables immediately into the cream sauce, tossing to coat the pasta. If the sauce is too dry, add in pasta water, bit by bit until you achieve your desired consistency. Adjust the seasonings, and add in the cooked prawns if desired, otherwise plate them separately.
- Serve immediately!
- Adapted from Johnny's (Feed the Piglet) Prawn Pasta
Johnny Hepburn says
Hi! Was wondering what was going on, only to realise you've updated this...which is what I should be doing. Hoping you're doing well.
Jasline (FoodieBaker) says
Hi Johnny! Yea I'm updating the older recipes, though the progress has been really slow... Hope you are doing well too, take care! -Jasline
Your photography skills are amazing, and your recipes too!
Thank you for liking my post :), its much appreciated!
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Karen (Back Road Journal) says
Fantastic photos of a delicious pasta from you and Johnny.
Oops sorry! Pressed "sent" accidentally. I used Bulla thickened cream that contains 35% milk fat. 🙂
Hi Zoe! I used thickened cream, that has about 30-35%
Hi Jasline, I always like to check out your blog for ideas:) May I know which type of cream did u use? Thanks in advance:) Zoe
Thanks Sibella! It was indeed delicious 😀
Thanks for the compliment Rosey! 🙂
Thank you for hosting, Linda!
Thanks John, but the idea originally came from Johnny, he's such an inspiration! I'm sure you'll like his blog 🙂
You are welcome 🙂 I hope you will like this dish as much as I do!
Hi Zoe! Thanks! I would have used cayenne but I was lazy to get it, plus a chili padi is a lot cheaper here and packs a more powerful punch 😉
Linda Nortje (@WithABlast) says
Thank you for joining us at our Let's Get Social Sunday party !
This sounds like a great dish, Jasline, and using stock to thin the cream is a great idea. Today you shared a tasty recipe and a great blog. Thanks for both! You're going to spoil us!
This looks great, I love the color mix, so lovely and tasty. I think I have the ingredients in my fridge and now I am very tempted to steal your recipe and try at home. Thanks for sharing.
Yay! I'm shopping tomorrow for the ingredients!
It is interesting that you have added one chilli padi into your Italian dish for an extra kick.
Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com says
Great looking and I bet delicious pasta Jasline!
Quite sure that would cause a lot of happy people to take a plate at our dinner table. 🙂
Thank you very much for subscribing, Wanda! Would love to link the recipe to you!
This dish is not like those sold in restaurants filled with so much cream that I can't eat anymore after a few mouthfuls. Hope you can try it one day! 🙂
Thank you my friend! 🙂
Me too! 🙂
Thank you for hosting the link party, Leslie! 🙂
You're welcome Johnny! Can't wait to see your banana bread recipe 😉 I'm glad you didn't try adding cayenne into coffee!
Thank you Joyce! Hahah I always get hungry when I read food blogs at night too! So I'll just go and sleep to prevent myself from eating supper... Haha. Do try out the recipe one day! 🙂
Thank you Lanaya! Hope you will like it as much as I do. Thank you for hosting the link party too 🙂
Thank you Terri! 🙂 Glad to know you through the link party!
Oh My! This looks so great. I love your pictures too! I am now getting your e-mails so I won't miss a thing. I would love for you to come to my link party Tuesday at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
The Charmed Cupcake says
I'm also not a big fan of creamy pasta but I'm sure this is very delicious!! I love Johnny's dishes too 🙂
Choc Chip Uru says
Delicious dish my friend, love the wonderful looking ingredients 😀
How delicious! I love shrimp in pasta.
Oh man, this looks so delicious! Yum.
Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection! We appreciate you taking the time to link up, make sure to check back on Friday when we feature out favorites.
johnnysenough hepburn says
Thank you so much! You've just made my weekend. I was supposed to be baking today but wolfed the last egg last night for sups completely forgetting about the banana bread. Oh well, they'll keep. Really must make this recipe again. And I'm surprised I haven't included a pinch of cayenne as I use it in almost everything! Except coffee 🙂
kitchen flavours says
Looks so delicious, I am practically hungry right now! I had an early dinner at 5pm today and now it is almost midnight, looking at your delicious plate of pasta is not helping the orchestra playing in my tummy right now! Really! I love prawns and mushroom and this is spot on! Drooling....!!
This looks SO good. I just showed my husband and he is all in! Making a trip to the store!
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Terri Burfield says
This looks so good, I'm pinning so I have the recipe! I'm visiting from http://www.timelesstreasuretrove.com, found you on Let's Get Social Sunday~
You're welcome Suzanne! 🙂 Johnny's blog has a lot of wonderful recipes!
Beautiful dish, delicious!! Just followed Johnny, what a great site. Thanks for highlighting his blog and this great recipe.