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.
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
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
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
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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