Cheat’s chilli prawn tagliatelle

Cheat’s chilli prawn tagliatelle
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Ready in 15 min

Just seven ingredients going into this quick prawn pasta recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes – you can’t go wrong with this speedy midweek meal.


  • 200g fresh red pepper and chilli tagliatelle, or regular tagliatelle
  • 1 courgette, coarsely grated
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ½-1 large red chilli, deseeded, finely diced
  • 200g large, raw peeled king prawns
  • Grated zest and juice of ½ lime
  • 150ml half-fat crème fraîche


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions and drain well (saving a little of the cooking water). Return the pasta to the pan, drizzle with a little olive oil and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the grated courgette, garlic and chilli, season well and fry for 1-2 minutes until softened slightly. Add the prawns, lime zest and juice and fry for 1-2 minutes until the prawns turn pink. Stir in the crème fraîche and warm through, then add a little of the reserved cooking water to make more sauce, if necessary.
  3. Toss the prawn mixture with the hot cooked pasta until well mixed, then serve with lime wedges to squeeze over, if you like.

delicious. tips

  1. You could try adding fresh white crab meat to this tasty pasta dish instead of prawns, if you like.


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  1. Love this recipe and make it regularly. Usually do it with dried tagliatelle. Very quick and easy for midweek but also works for casual entertaining – just bear in mind that you’ll be cooking it at the last minute

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