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Prawn Spaghetti

Prawn Spaghetti Recipe

This delicious Prawn Spaghetti recipe is perfect for when you need dinner on the table fast! Succulent prawns and perfectly cooked pasta are coated in a garlicky tomato sauce made from fresh tomatoes and finished with a generous amount of Parmesan. It’s elegant enough to serve to guests, but also quick and easy to make. And the best part—it comes together in just one pan, which means you can spend less time washing up and more time enjoying your meal. Serve this on its own or add a simple green salad or garlic bread. 

Can you make Prawn Spaghetti ahead of time?

Prawn Spaghetti is best cooked and served immediately.

Is Prawn Spaghetti suitable for leftovers?

Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 2 days and reheated in the microwave. Take care not to overheat, which will cause the prawns to turn chewy and rubbery.

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Prawn Spaghetti Recipe

Prawn Spaghetti

  • Total Time: 22 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


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  • 300 g fresh prawns/shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail left intact
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • 400 g spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, freshly chopped (1 tbsp worth)
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 punnet (250 g/9 oz) cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (plus extra to serve)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped


  1. Combine the prawns, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Toss to coat.
  2. Cook the spaghetti as per packet instructions, less 1 minute, and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water (take it out of the pot using a ladle or mug before draining the pasta).
  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet. Once hot, add the prawns and cook for 1 minute on each side. Remove prawns from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, garlic and red onion to the same pan. Stir for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water.
  5. Add the cherry tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Squash the tomatoes with the back of a fork to release their juices.
  6. Add the tomato paste and the remaining half cup of pasta cooking water and stir to combine.
  7. Drain the spaghetti and toss through the sauce.
  8. Stir through the Parmesan.
  9. Add the prawns to the skillet, stir through the parsley and serve immediately.
  10. Sprinkle with extra Parmesan and salt if desired.



Prawn Spaghetti is best cooked and served immediately.


Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 2 days and reheated in the microwave. Take care not to overheat, which will cause the prawns to turn chewy and rubbery. 

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: pasta, seafod, Prawn Spaghetti
  • Method: boil, grill
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Prawn Spaghetti, Prawn Spaghetti recipe

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  1. I think we would have either this dish or your a Tuscan Prawn pasta at least once a month with it being completely devoured each time including a 8 and 5 year old.
    For convenience I use frozen prawns and will sometimes used canned cherry tomatoes.
    Thank you for your easy recipes giving me the confidence to cook with seafood.

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