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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Main Meals: Scotch Pot Tagliatelle with King Prawns

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There's nothing more satisfying than seeing other people enjoy your food and for me,  that comforting silence after the first bite is a clear sign that you've done a good job. However, when I'm cooking for myself I'm not always so generous with the time and effort I put in. I typically prefer simple dishes like salads, couscous, or grilled fish and veg that I can make in no time and carry around with me for packed lunch. I had a day off today and decided to make a one-pot pasta dish that I've been perfecting for a wee while and I finally think it's ready to share with you all. 

There are many one-pot pasta recipes out there but I couldn't find one that really hit the spot in terms of spice for me - I'm a spice addict. You simply put all your ingredients in a pot and cook whilst the starch in the pasta is slowly released to help create a beautiful rich and creamy sauce. 

This recipe will serve two people very comfortably or if you're cooking for just yourself, you can keep the rest for lunch the next day. The main ingredients are:

150g tagliatelle pasta 
1 scotch bonnet pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 can of plum or chopped tomatoes
1 chopped pepper (I used half a red, and half a yellow)
1/3 large onion
2 tablespoons of tomato puree

To season, you will need:

200ml chicken stock
1 teaspoon hot curry powder
1 teaspoon coriander
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger paste
salt & pepper, to taste

Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat, simmering for about 20 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on it - I usually give it a stir every 5 minutes or so until the pasta is al dente. The spicy pasta is perfect on its own but I think everything is better with prawns! Fry the king prawns in a tiny amount of olive oil, pepper and soy sauce and serve.

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