Pasta with leeks, chilli & prawns

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Pasta with leeks, chilli & prawns is extremely tasty and really quick to rustle up if you are short of time in three simple steps!  It is low in saturated fat too!

Serves 4

Ready in about 10 minutes

Costs £1.13 per serving


300g/11oz spaghetti or linguine

3 tbsp olive oil

2 medium leeks, trimmed and sliced

200g/7oz large, raw peeled frozen prawns, thawed and patted dry with kitchen paper

175g/6oz cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 lemon, zested

handful fresh flat-leaf parsley


1.  Boil the pasta in salted water for 8 minutes, or follow pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add the leeks and some seasoning. Sizzle for 5 minutes, stirring often, until softened and turning golden here and there. Remove to a plate.

2.  Heat the remaining oil, turn up the heat and wait a few seconds for the pan to get really hot. Add the prawns and tomatoes with a pinch of salt and pepper. Fry for 2-3 minutes until the prawns turn pink all the way through. Add the chilli flakes, garlic and lemon zest, cook for 1 minute more, then add the leeks back to the pan. Turn the heat down.

3.  Save a cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain. Tip the pasta into the leek mix, add 5 tbsp of the cooking water, the juice from half the lemon and the parsley and toss well. The pasta shouldn’t be dry – add more of the water if needed. Season to taste, then serve in bowls with the rest of the lemon cut into wedges, for squeezing.

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