Thursday, September 16, 2010

Inspired by pizza, I make pasta

I just came back from Tauranga where I visited my best mate Ria, and her 8mth old daughter Maisie. It was Ria's birthday so we thought lets do something 'the same as we always do' and go out for lunch, timing the kids sleeps (in their buggys) and have some champayne and a few giggles. Well we managed most of it - not the kids sleeps but they were quite happy in their high chairs watching us eat our feast, whilst they had day old roast veges.

We were both talking about how yummy our lunch was all day and all night. Warm chicken salad (more like bbq chicken strips on a bed of salad) and Chilli prawns and Chorizo pizza (more like smoked paprika prawns and chorizo) , so it got me thinking that the prawns and chorizo combo would go well with pasta. And it would be an easy throw together meal. Check out my take on it below:

Smoked paprika prawns and chorizo pasta
enough for 2: 1 chorizo sausage, chopped into bite sized slices
150g shelled prawns

Prawn marinade
1 tsp smoked paprika (or just paprika will do)
1 tsp of crushed garlic
1 tsp olive oil

150g pasta (I used wide lasagne)
1 tbsp olive oil
grated lemon zest and squeeze of juice
handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
bunch of parsley, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a bowl add smoked paprika and garlic and oil, toss with prawns. Place in fridge.
Cook lasagne sheets in boiling salted water until al dente. Strain and set aside.
In a non stick pan add chorizo, (I don't use any oil as it has enough fat in the chorizo). Cook until crispy on the outside. Add prawns, and cook until just crisp. Cover and set aside for just a couple of minutes. In the same pan, add tomatoes, fry for 1 min, then add pasta, lemon zest, and squeeze of juice. Add parsley and toss. Drizzle with olive oil and add a grind of pepper. Add chorizo and prawns and lightly mix. Serve.


  1. WOW sis I am very impressed! I better get my skates on and start cooking, photographing and posting! Looks delicious - maybe next Friday Family catch up you can do the cooking...X

  2. Guess what I had for dinner on Saturday night! The very same pizza and a few more champers... I am so looking forward to my dinner when I come up this weekend... canne wait xxx Ria