Basil pesto & king prawn spaghetti

Week 1, Monday

Serves: 4

Time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Vegetarian swap: Remove the king prawns


  • 16 Artic king prawns
  • 60g/2 tbsp of green basil Pesto 
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 lemon cut into halves
  • 1 red chilli finely sliced
  • 2 tsp of chopped garlic
  • 220g of spaghetti
  • 10 basil leaves
  • Tsp of vegetable oil
  • Pinch of salt.


  • 1. Cook the spaghetti in salted boiling water until starting to soften - Usually between 6-8 minutes.
  • 2. At around 4 minutes into cooking the spaghetti, add 1 x tsp of vegetable oil to a medium heat frying pan, add the tomato paste and cook for a few seconds then add the red chilli, pesto paste and garlic.
  • 3. Cook this out for around 40 - 50 seconds and then turn up the heat, and add the spaghetti with a little pasta water. Then add the king prawns, tear in some basil leaves and coat the spaghetti with the sauce.
  • 4. As the prawns start to turn pink, add the spaghetti, a squeeze of half the lemon and then a small amount of the pasta water. This will loosen the pasta sauce ready for serving.
  • 5. Once the prawns are piping hot, serve and add another squeeze of lemon over each dish.
  • 6. Serve and enjoy!

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