Vermicelli pasta with prawns and basil

Vermicelli pasta with prawns and basil


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About this recipe: Vermicelli is very thin strands of pasta, a bit like spaghetti but it's much more delicate. Perfect for this dish to soak up the tomato basil sauce.


Serves: 4 

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 (500g) packet vermicelli pasta
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 500g large prawns - peeled and deveined
  • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 125ml dry white wine
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil, and add 1 tablespoon oil. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Place pasta in a colander, and give it a quick rinse with cold water.
  2. Heat remaining olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook garlic, stirring constantly, until the garlic has softened, about 1 minute. Add prawns, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes; remove and set aside.
  3. Stir tomatoes, wine, parsley and basil into the pan. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by half, 8 to 12 minutes. Add prawns, and continue cooking until they are heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve the prawn mixture over the pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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SOooo easy to prepare, SOoooo tasty, just brilliant, a firm favourite with this family & friends as a starter, main course or snack/supper. Thank you to the person who submitted it. - 17 Mar 2014

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