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I usually keep a bag of ready cooked peeled prawns in the freezer so I can whip up a super quick prawn recipe when time is limited.

This is a great meal to make on those days when you’re pressed for time – or just really can’t be bothered.

You may also like to check out Smoked Trout Pasta Bake and Tuna Pasta with Pesto and Red Capsicum.

This prawn pasta recipe is tomato based and will serve 4.  Preparation time is less than ten minutes.

Prawn Pasta

Here goes:-

Prawn Pasta – Ingredients

  • Oil for frying (I use olive oil)
  • Small onion, diced
  • Small capsicum – any colour – chopped
  • 1 garlic clove – crushed
  • Large tin (800g) chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoon capers
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Sprinkling of dried chili flakes (optional)
  • Half a lemon, cut into two pieces
  • Peeled and cooked prawns (I use frozen) – allow at least 10 per person
  • Fresh Parsley – chopped

Prawn Pasta – Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion
  2. Add the capsicum and garlic and fry for another minute or two
  3. Add the tomatoes, capers, sugar, chili flakes (if using) and lemon pieces
  4. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 10 minutes
  5. Add the prawns and heat through – this will take slightly longer if the prawns are frozen
  6. Discard the lemon pieces
  7. Serve with pasta and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley


  • Use mixed seafood rather than just prawns (a marinara mix – available from most supermarkets and fishmongers)
  • Try adding chopped green olives (no stones) instead of capers – or use both
  • For a more ‘fishy’ flavour, add a small tin of anchovies (drained and chopped)
  • I quite like Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top of the prawn pasta
  • Garlic bread is always popular served on the side

Handy Hints

  • Don’t forget to discard the lemon pieces before serving!
  • If you are using raw frozen peeled prawns, check the label to see if you should defrost before use

How simple was that!

Thanks for visiting  my website.  I look forward to receiving your comments.

Jan Littlehales

7 Responses to “Prawn Pasta – in Ten Minutes”

  1. Tom says:

    Hi Jan – interesting recipe. A great type of pasta we recently discovered is the ready made egg pasta, which comes dried like regular pasta. Gives a nice flavour boost for no extra time.

  2. Hi Tom – yes, I saw the very pasta in the supermarket last week. I’ll give it a try now that you’ve recommended 🙂
    Thanks for commenting.

  3. This prawn past recipe sounds delicious. Prawns have become so cheap now, so this would be a very reasonably priced meal to make.

  4. Harry Lynn says:

    Sounds delicious ! As soon as I post this I’m off to the kitchen to whip up something in TEN MINUTES. Don’t have the ingredients for your dish, but look out fishmonger – here I come tomorrow

  5. Lisa wood says:

    That sounds so yummy – I so love eating seafood. My family are into meat but I prefer seafood 🙂 Love how it can be made in 10 minutes! Now I am hungry!!


  6. Hi Jan, I’m a big fan of tomato based pasta, and prawns – so you’re on to a winner with your prawn pasta recipe. Penne all the way.

  7. I like this recipe very much. This recipe looks delicious.

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