Spaghetti with rocket pesto and seared jumbo prawns

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
120g fresh rocket
1 garlic clove
8 tbsp plus 2 tbsp olive oil
50g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
500g jumbo prawns
500g spaghetti
Lemon zest, for garnish
10 parsley leaves, chopped, for garnish
1) Blend the rocket and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. With the machine running, gradually add 120ml of the oil, processing until well blended. Transfer the pesto to a large bowl. Stir in the Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2) Prepare the griddle on a high heat. Using a knife, cut the back of the prawns. Brush the prawns with oil and sprinkle with salt. Griddle until just cooked through, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the prawns to a plate.

3) Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 120ml of the cooking liquid.

4) Toss the pasta with the pesto in the large bowl to coat, adding the reserved cooking liquid 1 tbsp at a time to moisten. Top with the griddled prawns. Garnish with the lemon zest and parsley and serve.

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