Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recipe: Spaghetti pasta with garlic butter prawns, crispy bacon and chilli flakes

Last year, my kids were totally crazy about pasta (having pasta every weekend and weekdays too if they can get away with it)... and it looks like this craze will continue in 2015. Other than crispy bacon, my kids also love prawns hence this pasta dish was born.

It is a combination of the Asian-style "garlic butter prawns" as well as Italian aglio olio pasta - a really fantastic fusion pasta dish, I have to say. For the adults, I also added in some dried chilli flakes for the spicy kick. Absolutely delicious!

The kids love this :)

Spaghetti pasta with garlic butter prawns, crispy bacon and chilli flakes
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

300-350g spaghetti
1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 rashers streaky bacon, finely sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
20 king prawns, peeled and deveined, with tails intact
1-2 tbsp salted butter
1-2 tsp chilli flakes
2-3 stalks parsley, roughly chopped
8-10 sweet basil leaves, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Parmesan cheese, to garnish

1. In a pot of salted water, cook the spaghetti pasta according to pack instructions, about 8-10 minutes until al dente. Remove from heat and drain, run under cold water to stop from cooking further.

2. Heat the olive oil in frying pan on medium high heat. Add bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes, until crispy and golden brown. Remove and set aside.

3. In the same pan, melt the butter and then add the garlic and cook for another minute until golden brown. Then, add the king prawns and chilli flakes (start with 1 tsp and more if you prefer it spicier), and cook for 1- 1 1/2 minute until the prawns are cooked through. Add the drained pasta, season with salt and pepper as necessary and toss well.

4. Using a two-pronged carving fork, swirl some of the pasta around the fork. Slide the pasta off the fork and mound it in the center of a plate. Repeat for each serving. Top with crispy bacon, prawns as well as parsley and basil. Grate Parmesan cheese all over.

Note: You can omit the chilli flakes in Step 3 if serving to kids, then sprinkle in at the end with cheese for those who want it.

*I am submitting this to LTU: Noodles/Pasta hosted by Anne of My Bare Cupboard.

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  1. heheh, i love pasta too, so i would fit into your household quite perfectly at mealtimes! especially with the well-prepared pastas that you keep making :D

  2. Hi Yen,
    Your plate of Spaghetti Pasta with garlic butter prawns, crispy bacon and chilli flakes is so inviting !

  3. Hi Yen,

    Not just kids, I'm sure that the adults will like your garlic prawn pasta too... It looks fantastic!


  4. Yen , I'm coming over later to try this wonderful-looking pasta :D Just love everything in this dish , simple and delicious !

  5. Bacon, prawns, garlic...I like this already!!! A sure winner!

  6. My kids love pasta too! I do not know why pasta is such a big hit with kids!
    These looks delicious, with prawns, my favourite!

  7. I'm totally going through a pasta phase here too almost like your kids! I mean perhaps not every night but I love the stuff, especially spaghetti :D


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