Pasta Fantastico is one of the easiest weeknight dishes that you can put together in under 30 minutes. Just a handful of ingredients and a light dish that’s perfect for the warmer months of the year.
Pasta is a family favourite and all of us love to devour it in any shape, style and sauce. Back in India, my knowledge of cooking pasta dishes was minimal and it was typically called ‘white sauce pasta’ and ‘red sauce pasta’ – the Italian culinary terms were beyond me!
After coming down to Australia, I started preparing more styles of pasta dishes especially recipes which hardly uses any sauce at all. Pasta Fantastico was such a find in a popular magazine out here. And like its name, the dish was simply fantastic, easy to prepare, light and delicious….…..the fresh crispness of the snow peas works wonderfully with the slightly spicy warm prawn flavour.
You can choose any type of vegetable or a combination of veggies for this dish. I love the fresh crunchiness of snow peas so that’s what I used but you can easily replace it with any veggie that your family likes.
Another easy pasta dish to try out on busy weeknights is this delicious Pasta with Spinach and Goat’s Cheese.
Recipe adapted from Woman’s Day Magazine
Pasta Fantastico (with Prawns, Snow Peas)
- Penne– 500 gm
- olive oil – 4-5 tbsp
- garlic – 2 cloves crushed and chopped
- Prawns – 500 gm deveined and cleaned well
- snow peas – 100 gm trimmed
- sweet chilli sauce – 1 tbsp
- Italian dried mixed herbs thyme, rosemary, oregano – 1 tsp
- chilli flakes – 1 tsp more for serving
- salt; to season
- Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to packet instructions, drain (reserve half a cup of pasta water) and keep aside.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan on medium. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add prawns and cook, tossing, for 2-3 minutes, until they change colour. Then add the dried herbs, chilli flakes and sweet chilli sauce; continue to cook till the prawns are almost done.
- Add the snow peas and cook for another minute (dont overcook the snow peas)
- Add the pasta to the pan, season with salt and toss to combine. Add some of the reserved pasta water if it feels too dry.
- Serve warm with a pinch of chilli flakes and a drizzle of olive oil on top.
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I’m in the mood for some pasta today and then I saw this. I guess I don’t have to think what I should make today. It will definitely be this one!
Awesome; hope you enjoy it Nagi
Dhanya Samuel, Sorry! Please forgive me learning your proper name! Phil
that’s alright…will surely take a look at ur pasta dishes
Vanya, This looks just super good! See how I do “PastaPosts” on my website for the past 2+years. I do posts on everything & anything from news, politics, history, travel, books, holidays, recipes & more! But so far I have done seven pasta recipes & my most recent is about “Pasta Portuguese.” See how I always tell the “backstory” to each recipe. The 7 recipes are found in the right margin on my website under Friday Night/Recipe Posts. And there in the archives you can find all my posts by date & topic. Go to http://excuseusforliving.com/ Thanks! And love your website! Phil