Linguine ai gamberi

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Linguine ai gamberi
Linguine ai gamberi e spinachi (Linguine with prawns and spinach) is a delicious, simple dish, which is perfect for a light summer meal.
Provided you use good quality ingredients, and take care not to overcook the prawns you should have no problems at all making Linguine ai gamberi at home.
Like most seafood, king prawns make an excellent partner for chilli, and by adding some to the dish, it adds a bit of heat and interest. You can use fresh (seeded) chillies finely diced, or dried chilli flakes with equal success if you prefer. You could make the dish without the chopped tomatoes (as shown) but for me, the flavour improves massively the tomato sauce keeps the dish moist, but without losing the freshness of the prawns and linguine.
As mentioned before, I am a big fan of frozen king prawns. These can be bought in bulk and kept in the freezer until needed. If using fresh king prawns they should be shelled before use.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4

Ingredients  

  • 400 g uncooked king prawns (peeled)
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes (1 can)
  • 400 g linguine
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 courgette (diced, optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • a handful fresh basil (chopped)
  • a handful fresh spinach (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • parmesan to garnish (optional)

Instructions 

  • To a heavy bottomed pan, add the chopped onions, the garlic, a generous dash of olive oil, and fry until the onions turn soft.
  • Add the white wine, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, chilli powder, paprika, courgette, and a generous pinch of salt to the pan. Reduce the mixture to a thick sauce over a medium-high heat — this should take 10-15 minutes or so.
  • Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, and add the linguine.
  • Reduce the heat a little and add a handful of chopped basil, and another of chopped spinach to the sauce and stir through.
  • After 5 minutes or so, add the uncooked king prawns. They should only need five minutes or so, or until the linguine has finished cooking.
  • Drain the linguine and add it to the sauce and toss it through the mixture and heat them together for a minute.
  • In pasta bowls, serve a generous heap of the linguine and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the dish, finally adding few basil leaves to garnish.

FAQ

Is this the same as linguine ai gamberoni?

Yes, linguine ai gamberoni and linguine ai gamberi are the same dish.

Is linguine the same as spaghetti?

No, linguine is flatter and wider than spaghetti – but only slightly.

Is linguine the same as tagliatelle?

No, linguine not as wide as tagliatelle.

Is linguine healthy?

Linguine can be healthy when eaten as part of a healthy diet, but its nutritional value is much higher when a wholewheat version is used.

Prawns and shrimp start their four year lifespan as males and then change into females for their final year of life.
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