prawn arrabbiata

Prawn Arrabbiata

prawn arrabbiata

Prawn Arrabbiata

A simple sauce made all the better with the addition of prawns, but could be equally tasty with chicken – enjoy!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 732 kcal


  • 250 g penne pasta
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 small red chillis or 1 tsp chilli flakes / chilli paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste or 3 x cloves
  • 400 g tin whole plum tomatoes or chopped tomatoes, or passata, or 1 x pack cherry tomatoes
  • 10 g basil (small handful) or parsley, or a pinch of dried herbs, or leave out
  • parmesan or grand padano, or pecorino
  • 165 g raw king prawns (approx. 1 pack) if you can only source cooked prawns – add in right at the end for a heat through ONLY, otherwise you’ll overcook them
  • salt & pepper


  • Add extra virgin olive oil to the pan and cook 2 small red chillis for 2 minutes
  • Add 1 tsp garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes more
  • Add 400 g tin whole plum tomatoes (I squeeze the peeled tomatoes and discard the white stringy parts so only the juice and soft flesh is added) and simmer on medium heat for approx. 15 minutes
  • Boil 250 g penne pasta in salted boiling water until al dente
  • Roughly chop 10 g basil and add to tomato sauce after its been simmering for 15 minutes
  • Finally, add in 165 g raw king prawns and cook for a few minutes (until they are no longer translucent)
  • Add pasta, stir through to combine, and taste sauce before seasoning with salt & pepper as required
  • Plate up and garnish with fresh parmesan (if you like … as cheese with seafood can be a contentious point for some)


OPTIONAL extras not included in my recipe: chopped onion (softened at the start), dash balsamic vinegar or a pinch sugar – all can be added to your own personal taste


Calories: 732kcalCarbohydrates: 110gProtein: 33gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 819mgPotassium: 988mgFiber: 8gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 882IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 212mgIron: 5mg
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