Prawn, Lemon & Rocket Penne Pasta

Prawn, Lemon & Rocket Penne Pasta

I love Pasta ! When I moved to London in my early twenties, I had my first taste of basil pesto and fell in love! I would drench it over big bowls of pasta with bacon and mushrooms and I simply could. not. stop. eating. it.  Needless to say that when I flew home a year later on holiday, friends and family practically bypassed me at the airport due to not recognising me … or rather, the size of me 😮  

I’ve learnt to practice portion control since then and don’t make pasta part of our families weekly menu.  I am however, a firm believer in the ‘everything in moderation’ mantra and therefore do not see anything wrong with enjoying a bowl of pasta every now and then!  What is life without pasta?  This particular pasta is very fresh and certainly a lot healthier than the bottled pesto jars of my youth.  The flavours marry together beautifully, so simple but really packs a tasty flavour which makes this pasta dish, restaurant quality!   I’ve made it for friends and they have asked for the recipe.  Nough said 🙂  Martha Who_Prawn Pasta stomped1

 

Yield: 4 – 5 

Ingredients: 

500g dried penne pasta

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed to a paste

2 – 3 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped 

450ml of white wine (Sauvignon Blanc / Chenin) 

450g peeled & de-frosted ready to eat prawns 

4 tbs sun-dried tomato puree 

Zest and juice of 2 lemons 

4 big handfuls of rocket, chopped 

Salt & Black Pepper 

Olive Oil 

Method: 

Follow the cooking instructions for the pasta and while that is on the go, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a big frying pan and add the garlic and chilli – cook on a gentle heat ensuring not to burn the garlic.  After a minute or 2, add the white wine and the tomato puree and simmer for a few minutes until the alcohol has been cooked away together with the acidity of the tomatoes.  Drain your pasta and reserve a little of the cooking liquid.  Once the sauce is to your taste, add the prawns and mix through.  Remove from the heat.  Return the pasta to its pot and add the sauce, stir to combine.  Add the lemon juice, the lemon zest and half the rocket and 20 or 30 mL of the reserved cooking water.  Taste. Adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper.  Heat through on the stove top. Plate and garnish with the remaining rocket.  

Cooks Notes: I buy the Woolworths ‘Frozen fully cooked Prawns’  and the Woolworths ‘Sundried Tomato Quarters’.  With the tomatoes, I drain the vinaigrette it comes in and blitz the sun-dried tomatoes in a food processor / blender to a lumpy puree type consistency. 

 

Beetroot, Walnut & Bocchini Salad

Beetroot, Walnut & Bocchini Salad

Photography by Darren Bester

Yield: 10, as a side

Ingredients: 

5 Bunches Beetroot, boiled, peeled, cooled & cut into quarters 

200g Walnuts, broken into smaller pieces  

300g Bocconcini Mozzarella Balls 

2x 120g Rocket Leaves, roughly torn or punnet micro herbs  

Drizzle of Olive Oil 

Couple of squirts of Lemon Juice 

Few drizzles of Honey 

Salt & Black Pepper 

Method: 

Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt & pepper and pour over the cooled beetroots and marinade in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. 

Drain the Bocconcini balls and season with a dash of olive oil, salt & pepper, set aside. 

To assemble, combine the marinated beets, walnuts and rocket and toss delicately.  Spoon onto serving platter and carefully place the Bocconcini balls amongst the other ingredients. 

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Beef Fillet Bruschetta with Horseradish Cream, Micro Herbs & Red Onion

Beef Fillet Bruschetta with Horseradish Cream, Micro Herbs & Red Onion

Photography by Darren Bester 

Yield: 30 

Ingredients: 

1 stale baguette 

Approximately 250g Beef Fillet, cooked rare

2 heaped tsp Horseradish Cream from a jar 

200ml Creme Fraiche 

Handful Rocket Micro herbs

30 Thin slices of red onion

200ml Oil (Canola or Olive Oil)

Salt & Black Pepper 

Olive Oil for drizzling 

Method: 

In a small bowl, combine the horseradish & creme fraiche and set aside.  Cut the baguette into thin rounds.  Heat a griddle pan until hot, pour the 200ml oil into a bowl and dip the bread in until both sides are covered in oil, pop onto the griddle pan and turn once crispy and marked by the grill pan, repeat on the other side.  Remove from the heat and place on a cooling rack until cool.   Thinly slice the beef.  To assemble, dollop the horseradish cream onto each bread round, top with a piece of beef, micro herbs and slice of red onion.  Grind over some salt & black pepper, drizzle with olive oil & enjoy!

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