Penne Part 1: King Prawn Penne

Easy pasta dishes are my absolute go-to on week nights – as I’m sure they are for most people after a busy day at work. But just because pasta is simple and most recipes are quick, this doesn’t mean they have to be boring and tasteless. After all, pasta is the food of the gods!

I like my pasta to pack a punch and be super yummy without being too fussy. It’s amazing what you can make with as little as five simple ingredients (most of which you’ll already have in your fridge or freezer!)


(Enough for 2 people)

You’ll need:

200g penne pasta shapes (you can also use linguine if preferred)

 2 teaspoons of red pesto

 2 teaspoons of green basil pesto

 Juice of a lemon

2 cloves of garlic

Cherry tomatoes

1 pack of raw king prawns

Handful of rocket

Chilli flakes (your preference)

Salt & pepper

Grated Parmesan to serve

This is how we do it…

Bring your salted water to the boil in a saucepan. Add the pasta shapes and cook as per packet instructions.

Chop your cherry tomatoes in half, crush the garlic, juice the lemon and add to a frying pan with a teaspoon of oil. Put the frying pan over a low heat and add both flavours of pesto along with the chilli flakes, salt and pepper.

Cook down for about 7 minutes to create a sauce before adding the prawns and cooking for a further 3 minutes (or until the prawns are pink and cooked through).

Drain the pasta and save a little of the starchy pasta water back, adding to the pesto, tomato and prawn sauce along with the pasta. Coat the pasta in the sauce and serve on a bed of rocket along with grated parmesan and a wedge of lemon.


Ta-da! There’s a super quick and super easy dinner of King Prawn Penne (or linguine if you fancy!) for if you’re feeling fishy and fancy a yummy and comforting bowl of pasta on these autumnal evenings.

You can even make your own pesto if you’ve got a little bit of time on your hands!

Penne Part 2 will follow shortly with a delicious and easy recipe for homemade carbonara. Do you prefer creamy or tomato based pasta sauces? What’s your favourite quick weekday dinner?



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