• Oct
  • 18
  • 2011

spring spaghetti with basil, chilli & garlic

I love this weather. Currently sitting at 24.3 degrees, I couldn’t ask for a better start to a perfect week ahead, inshallah. Inspired by my fresh garden (thanks to hubby!) and the wonderful sunshine we’ve been getting lately, I whipped up this quick meal in no more than 15 minutes. Can I tell you about the flavours? Well they just bursts in your mouth: left, right and centre! Thanks to a few powerful ingredients; garlic, chilli and basil…with a dash of extra virgin olive oil is all you need to turn it into an absolute flavoursome meal. Trust me, its really that good.

organic cooking oil

Ok, lets be honest. I need to give credit to where it all originated from. Secret Recipe. That’s where I first had it (i’ll post a review of this place soon). But for $16.90 a plate, ouch! I seriously felt guilty. Not to my palate but to my husbands pocket. So I decided to try and replicate this and oh la la, what a dish we have here for just under $5 per person. You can substitute prawns with chicken for an even cheaper meal. Hmm, now I really do sound cheap don’t I? yikes!

Slice the vegetables. Slice the garlic. Don’t chop them finely. You want to be able to taste the garlicky flavour.

Sautee the marinated prawns in olive oil. Add a bit of salt and pepper and chilli flakes.

And you have yourself a winning dish. Say hello to Spring!


RECIPE FOR SPRING SPAGHETTI
Inspired by Secret Recipe’s Thai spaghetti

Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins

Ingredients

2 cups cooked spaghetti
10 prawns (marinate with salt & pepper for an hour)
1 bulb garlic, sliced
1 green capsicum, sliced
1 red capsicum, sliced
4 cherry tomatoes, halved
10 mushrooms, sliced (I didnt have any but if you do,add them)
1 red chilli, cut
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Handful of basil leaves
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp basil infused olive oil
1 tsp chilli oil, for dressing (optional)
100g feta cheese, for dressing (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

1. In a saucepan, sautee the marinated prawns in olive oil for 2 minutes.

2. Add garlic and stir until prawns are evenly cooked. This should take another 2 minutes.

3. Add all the vegetables and chilli flakes. Season well with salt and pepper.

4. Add pasta to the sauce mixture and pour over with basil infused olive oil. Toss to combine.

5. Finally, topped with some feta cheese and drizzle with some chilli oil.

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9 Responses to “spring spaghetti with basil, chilli & garlic”

  1. Love & Sugar says:

    Hey I like the writing on this post. :) mashaAllah

    Oh also…please write insha’Allah with a capital A on Allah’s name. He is most deserving of it ;)

  2. jessie says:

    i love thhis post. lovely pictures. Might try it out one day. Thanks for sharing iva.

  3. Emilia says:

    Gorgeous photos, I love the vibrant colours! I am sure the taste matches the visual part

  4. Ali says:

    I love the spaghetti, love the prawns, the dish looks so delicious. In love with the photos really got me salivating here :)

  5. This sounds so good! The basil infused olive oil sounds awesome!

  6. alana says:

    i’m usually not a huge pasta fan but this looks fresh and delicious. mmm!

  7. Noor says:

    Asalam Alaykum sis wow mashAllah this does look so much alike next time I will try this one bc I LOVE feta. You know I am so silly when you emailed me I thought you were talking about my other blog Little Pink Strawberries not Ya Salam COoking lol. I will add you to that blog roll as well <3 LOVE Your blog where did you get this design? I am a designer and love the look mashAllah :)

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  9. [...] same as you would find in any nasi goreng. This dish was inspired by Secret Recipe (again! My last pasta dish was also inspired by SR) when they extended their menu and included a Thai Inspired Pattaya [...]

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