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Jul112010

Pastwo

Two men, two meals, and two pastas - hence the silly title.  A few days ago, while shopping for football snacks with one of my brothers, we came across some fantastic king prawns.  We were sick of takeaways and decided to have a home-cooked meal for a change.  We added some fresh pasta to the basket and headed to the check-out.  I picked up some mince meat and penne for the following day.

It all starts of with the same step as almost every dish I make: hot pan, onions and a bit of garlic.  The prawns have been cleaned and are at this point soaking in Lemon.  When the onions are just starting to brown, the prawns are thrown in.  A minute or so later, the tomatoes follow; and finally tomato paste is added for colour and flavour.  As the heat is reduced to allow the mix to settle, chopped green chilli is added. It competes with the other flavours but at this late stage, it doesn't overwhelm.

Fresh tagliatelle worked beautifully in this dish.  Two minutes in boiling water before it's drained and ready.  The only addition apart from salt during cooking is black pepper.  I have to mention here that Peogeot make the best black pepper mills ever.  I bought ours in France three years ago and it still pretends to be new...

The whole process took less than twenty five minutes, and it tasted even better than it looks.  Tislam eedik, Bu Ali.

I'll be trying this myself next time, for the family.  My personal expertise is in pasta with roasted minced lamb.  The process is similar to above, but I don't use chilly.  For this dish, I find that penne or fusilli work best.  We have spaghetti occasionally but always with a bolognese sauce, which is my wife's specialty.  I'll close with a few images of the second dish. Enjoy.

Reader Comments (11)

the pasta with prawns looks delicious ... sorry but the minced meat pasta doesn't!

July 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterq8travelbud

7elo o ya36ek el3afya.

July 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSer

3alekom bil3afiya :)

July 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmu

They look great. Do they taste good? :)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPolar Panda

Looking forward to tasting the prawn pasta...looks yummy and glad to see a move away from takeaways while we are all away...the mince pasta always tastes lovely, as always noted by our 6 and 5 year old!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUm Yousef

which country is the prawns from?

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

Looks fantastic! I love the color of the prawns against the pasta. The penne looks good too! :)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

3aWaFii :) I have 3 Quests.

1. What lens did u use to get these gr8 pics.?
2. How long did u soak the shrimp in lemon juice?

3. How long does it take to cook the shrimp? coz ppl tend to overcook it sometimes.

Bs Ya36eekum el3afyaah boys ;)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmbrosial

Good question (because it's not the season for Kuwaiti prawns). They were from Iran.

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

1. Nikkor 18-200 VR lens.
2. 10 minutes ish.
3. Very little... Maybe 5/6 minutes. You're right about the over-cooking.

Allah y3afeek :)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Hani o 3afyah! Man that looks delicious!

I'm hungry and slobbering on my keyboard!

I want to start cooking again, but I have to find the right kitchen to do it in, as I don't have any control within my house! lol

I prefer a gas cooker over electric cookers by far!

July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

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