• Chilli Pasta with Garlic Butter Prawns

Fresh Chilli Pasta with Garlic Butter Prawns

Budgeting. I’m a flippin’ nightmare at it.  If I have “surplus” money left after all the big bills are paid then you can bet your life I’ll just use it.  It’s a knee-jerk reflex these days.  It’s most likely due to having *so* much student debt looming, ominously, over my shoulder that the amount of disposable income left is a frustratingly teeny proportion of one’s take-home pay.

However, I’m working on my lack of self-control and am determined to not leave us in the position was we are scrounging up the pennies to go buy some garlic to use for dinner like we did yesterday ever again.  Luckily, a hungry rummage through my kitchen supplies saw me good tp go with a surprisingly indulgent meal and we feasted on this fresh pasta with chilli with prawns in a garlic butter sauce.

I literally used up odds and sods – the final knob of butter, the dregs of a bottle of wine from a few days before, about a third of a bag of frozen prawns, the last two eggs.  Had me and Hungry Hubby had the dosh for fresh parsley and parmesan, I would absolutely have added some complete this spicy little number.  Be as brave with the chilli as you dare – this definitely had the hum of heat on my lips. Mmm…

fresh chilli pasta with garlic butter prawns

Feeling inspired by foodie friends to make my own chilli flakes by whizzing up a ton of the rather large “collection” I had going in my spice rack, it was only a hop, skip and a jump into this warming, simple but comforting meal. Fresh pasta is not hard if you have a pasta roller machine and adding one extra thing to the egg, flour, salt and oil mix like dried chillies or fresh herbs is a wonderful way to make the most of simple but spectacular ingredients. In this case, some fat and fabulous but frozen tiger prawns.

I hope you enjoy this as the end of January approaches and undoubtedly, your cupboards are looking a little bare as pay day looms on the horizon 😉

Fresh Chilli Pasta with Garlic Butter Prawns
A thrifty but satisfying meal of home made pasta with dried chilli worked right into it, not to mention the garlicky prawns.
Servings: 2
Author: Just Jo
  • 200 g bread or tipo 00 flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Fat pinch sea salt
  • Good grinding of black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp dried chilli flakes
For the prawns
  • 20 g butter plus extra to finish if liked
  • Dribble of olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 125 ml approx white wine or Vermouth
  • Optional – 2-3tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • Optional – freshly grated parmesan to top
  • 300 g tiger prawns defrost if frozen, in a sieve as they give up a lot of water
For the pasta
  1. In a food processor, pulse the flour and seasoning for a minute or two to break down the flakes a little (jagged pieces will rip your pasta as you roll it later).
  2. Crack in the eggs and dribble on the oil then pulse to combine – it probably won’t form a ball but that doesn’t matter.
  3. Bring together in a sheet of cling film and refrigerate for at least an hour but 3 would be perfect.
  4. Flatten the dough then feed through your pasta roller on the largest setting a few times until you see the dough change to a more elastic looking, slightly shiny surfaced, well, dough! Continue to roll down through the settings – I tend to roll 2-3 times per setting; on the first roll, I fold the pasta in half then roll out twice more. Stop when you get to about 1-2mm thick.
  5. Slice up how you please – I used my spaghetti attachment but tagliatelle would work very well too – I use a clothes hanger which I thoroughly clean and disinfect first!
  6. Hang up to dry until feels dry to touch and slightly stiffer.
  7. Your pasta is now ready – drop into a large pot of boiling water and cook for no more than 2-3 mins (taste test a piece to ensure it is cooked to your liking).
For the prawns
  1. Heat the oil and butter until foaming (I have a pot of boiling water ready to go here so I can have the pasta and prawns ready at the same time).
  2. Add in the garlic, stir well then add in the prawns immediately.
  3. Cook until pink and opaque (i.e. cooked through) and remove to a warmed plate.
  4. Add into the garlicky butter in the pan your white wine, turning the heat up to high – you may add an extra knob of butter here if you wish – and reduce down briefly.
  5. Assemble the final dish by returning your prawns, pasta and if using, parsley, to the pan with a splash of the starchy water from the pasta if needed to bring it all together.
  6. Serve with grated parmesan on top and some extra seasoning as liked.
fresh chilli pasta with garlic butter prawns
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  1. Camilla 20th January 2014 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Wow, that looks utterly amazing Jo and I bet it tasted out of this world too. Never mind a tea room I think you should open a restaurant one day:-)

    • Jo Blogs 20th January 2014 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      Aw cheers Camilla – our dream retirement plans to have our own cafe. Maybe this will make it onto our lunch menu 😉

  2. timethief 20th January 2014 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Hey there,
    I like the way the recipe displays using the shortcode. Know that I live on an island and can get jumbo shrimp and prawns at the docks from the fishers, so hubby who likes “chili” flavored anything will try this recipe out.

    • Jo Blogs 20th January 2014 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      It’s good isn’t it time thief? I need to experiment adding in images next. I bet your shrimps will be amazing, I’d love to get fresh ones but we’re landlocked here and I ain’t eating nowt out of our waterways 😉 This is a play on the classic Italian pasta with garlic and chilli oil 🙂

  3. frugalfeeding 20th January 2014 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pasta – truly! I’m quite good at the whole thrift thing – it’s hard not to be without a job! (things are looking up on that front). Lovely dish.

    • Jo Blogs 20th January 2014 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Lol, you are thrift king Frugs. I’m sorry you haven’t found gainful employment yet – Hungry Hubby is into his 7th month of being out of a job, hence my need to literally collect 38p in pennies to buy us the garlic for this dish!

      • frugalfeeding 20th January 2014 at 9:13 pm - Reply

        Indeed! I’m still not a functioning member of society ;). 7 months is a long time, it’s a shame… We’re still not quite at that point, it’s only been a couple of months, but still… I want to be active! I’m hearing back from a job on Wednesday, fingers crossed!

        • Jo Blogs 20th January 2014 at 9:18 pm - Reply

          Best of luck! Hubs is off to an interview tomorrow, let’s hope it’s good news all round x

          • frugalfeeding 20th January 2014 at 9:19 pm

            Yes! Fingers crossed!

  4. thepaddingtonfoodie 20th January 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Great dish! One phrase springs to mind. Cucina Povera. As they say necessity is the mother of invention. I’m reminded of my Italian Nona who always put the most delicious meals on the table made from the most basic ingredients.

    • Jo Blogs 20th January 2014 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      Oh hello Paddington! Lovely to see you hear. I know these elements aren’t truly cheap or frugal but they were some of the last bits I’ve got left before payday. I think basic but good quality food is where one should go whenever the pennies need a little pinch 😀

  5. NickkiT 20th January 2014 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    I do love pasta with prawns and this looks lovely. And I’m in the same boat with the penny pinching, this week will be a challenge to see what meals I can make from my freezer and storecupboard!

    • Jo Blogs 20th January 2014 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      Yup, tonight was kedgeree, tomorrow is something with one chicken breast, two sad courgettes and maybe three tiny red rooster potatoes lol… 😉

  6. timethief 23rd January 2014 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    We tried this last night and loved it.

    • Jo Blogs 23rd January 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Yay! That’s fab :D. So glad you enjoyed it 😀

  7. Nancy @ gottagetbaked 23rd January 2014 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Whoa Jo, I’m so impressed that you made your own chili flakes AND pasta! You’re a total rock star. And these photos are fantastic. Your pic of the finished dish is making me drool – it looks delicious! Nothing’s more satisfying than a simple pasta dish.

    • Jo Blogs 23rd January 2014 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      It’s all smoke and mirrors – the processor totally stole my thunder in creating this dish Nancy 😉 You’re right though – simple is the way to go with pasta. I quite fancy making a basil variant next, I just need to decide upon the sauce to serve with 🙂

  8. Simple Living Journey 26th January 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    What a labor of love to make the pasta from scratch, bravo! Hope your husband appreciated the effort you put into it! It looks delicious.

    I just found your blog search through the Zero to Hero tag (doing it myself right now.) And wow! Of the blogs I’ve found, yours is very unique and piqued my interest right away. I’m really happy I found you.

    To touch on your spendthrift ways (I can relate lol.) There’s a REALLY good book I highly recommend. It’s called “Your money or your life.” The 2008 version. It is an American book (I’m American!) But, I think it’s still a very valuable and insightful book. If you have the time, please read it. Its borderline life changing and worth the read.

    Keep doing what you’re doing with this blog please, it’s beautiful.

    • Jo Blogs 26th January 2014 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your lovely and insightful comment! I’m so going to come find your blog too. I love blogging, it’s such a wonderful showcase for a hobby such as baking although, of course, I see both blogging and baking as more than a hobby ;). Hungry Hubby is a delight to cook for. He’s not liked less than five dishes in out 13 plus years together so I must be doing something right 😉

  9. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) 5th February 2014 at 5:28 am - Reply

    I’m so impressed you made your own spaghetti! I love the idea of adding chili to it. This reeeally makes me want to get a pasta maker.

    • Jo Blogs 5th February 2014 at 6:46 am - Reply

      It’s much easier than you might thing – a bit of a rainy day activity but still easy. And dee-lish-uss! 😀

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  11. Cliona 1st September 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    This looks absolutely sensational! Beautiful pictures too 🙂 chilli and prawn are two flavours which are hard to beat in pasta! Delicious!

    • Just Jo 1st September 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Cliona! It’s hard to beat this combo 🙂

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