Serves 4 to 6
- 500 g Linguine
- 500 g chopped cooked Prawns or shrimps
- 3 medium Zucchinis yellow or green or both
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 dried birds eye chilli
- ½ tin Peeled & chopped plum tomato
- 1 teaspoon Rosemary finely chopped
- 4 – 5 tablespoons Fruity, extra virgin Olive Oil
- 280 ml Water
- Salt & Pepper
Wash, halve and roughly slice your zucchini.
Gently heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan and add the zucchini. Gently fry until just starting to become golden on the edges (not much colour at all).
At this point season with salt and pepper and add a splash of water about 1/4 of a cup. Allow this to evaporate while stirring and mashing the zucchini. When the liquid has evaporated, fry for about 1 minute and repeat with more water.
The idea is to fry/ steam and mash the zucchini slowly so as to enrich the flavour and break it down. This should take about 10-15 minutes over a medium heat.
The next step is to add the chopped garlic and dried chilli and cook for a minute or two.
Add the prawn meat and cook into the zucchini for about 5 minutes stirring the from time to time so that the bottom does not catch. Make sure that you control the heat and if it starts to colour, turn the heat down.
Add your chopped tomato and rosemary, and then repeat the process of slow frying. Season again as tomatoes will add acidity to the dish. Cook this stage for a further 5 minutes.
While this is cooking start to cook your pasta in a large amount of fast boiling salted water, linguini should take about 12 minutes to cook (remember that with hard pasta of the same size the longer cooking time means it’s normally a better quality).
Just before you drain your pasta, finish the sauce with the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil. Then add your pasta and combine thoroughly.
It’s important to note that you should not drain your pasta completely as a little pasta water will help loosen the sauce and help it coat the pasta. Just make sure its not too wet or you’ll end up with noodle soup.
As seen in the LifeStyle FOOD Channel production The Best In Australia. For more recipes from the series visit www.LifeStyleFOOD.com.au