Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Prawn linguine with minty limey peas

Pasta - check. Prawns - check. Peas - check.
Mint and lime - wha???

I'll admit I didn't think of this unusual combination of flavours (in a pasta).  I think it's from the taste recipe site, but since I hurriedly wrote it down on a scrap of paper, I didn't take time to note down the proper reference.  Never mind, the flavours are indeed most tasty, and the mint and lime enhance rather than overwhelm the salty prawns and fresh, mild peas. 
This will be a regular recipe in my prawn-and-pasta-obsessed kitchen, oh yes.

Linguine with prawns, peas and a hint of the tropics
serves 2

250g dried linguine or other long pasta
1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, sliced
Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
300g green prawns, peeled and deveined
150g shelled peas (fresh or frozen)
1/2 bunch fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped


1.  Cook pasta in a large saucepan of lightly salted, boiling water until just before 'al dente'.  Add the peas and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes.  Drain the pasta and peas and return to the pan to keep warm.
2.  Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan, add garlic and lime zest and cook over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until the garlic is soft but not browned.
3.  Add prawns and season with salt and pepper, increase the heat and fry for 3-4 minutes until the prawns are just cooked.  Add the lime juice and mint, and mix to combine.
4.  Stir the prawn mixture into the pasta and peas . Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Recipe adapted from

Ingredients, including (frozen) peas, green prawns, garlic, mint, lime, linguine
The lime zest is gently heated with the garlic, and it imparts a lovely fragrance to the sauce.
The linguine is cooked first, then the peas are added to the water later.
Throw in the peas and pasta...

The lovely spirals of pasta are wrapped around the plump prawns and glistening peas


  1. Most of this sounds great but the peas and mint make me squirm like a five year old

  2. This is one crazy combination of flavors but it sounds like they work really well! Delicious.

  3. Lime and mint with prawns?! I've never had that combination, but it sounds awesome, Bel! I have spearmint growing outside and prawns are my vegetarian cheat treat, so you know I'll remember this recipe:)

  4. Gosh that looks delicious and perfect for a lazy summer's evening dinner

  5. Very zesty but summery. I like this flavour combination

  6. I would have thought lime, yes, but not mint. Interesting combination, I agree.

  7. Yeah definitely my first thought was Waaaa?? Mint and lime? Is she sure? But on second thought - this would be just perfect for summer. Thanks for the inspiration... and beautiful styling...

  8. beautiful vibrant photos!
    i love prawns with my pasta as well :) yummo!

  9. Ahhh peas. Not many people like them but I LOVE them. Gorgeous presentation. Your photos are always stunning. You have a beautiful way of showcasing all the elements of the dish. i'm so hungry now...

  10. Great looking dish and beautiful food photo. I love pasta with prawns and chilli flakes.

  11. Linguine with these simple ingredients is a healthy way to enjoy pasta! Prawns and peas are perfect compliments, great recipe!

  12. This looks so delicious. I love my peas and prawns and I love how you've plated this dish so expertly with fork-ready twirls!

  13. i agree, so summery - so yummy, especially that there is heavy winter in Warsaw! but I woulnd't mind... ;) great pics :)

  14. Looks like the perfect summer pasta! Mmm I love prawns and pasta together =)

  15. I will eat any dish with prawns in it. But I like pasta, too. So this is just perfect for me :D

  16. That's a delicious combination of flavours. I love it.

  17. I think this combo is delicious and refreshing!

  18. I really love mint and peas together - I know it's a classic combo and it really works for me. I'm a big pea lover and use them in lots of dishes (I always have a couple of bags of frozen baby peas on hand) I can see lime working too. Great find and beautifully presented!

  19. I actually like the sound of this combo- a great dish for the hot days. Even better perhaps cold as a pasta salad the next day?! :O

  20. this is so refreshing to look at your blog as we are still in winter here in Paris many thanks Pierre

  21. i love eating this kind of food in the summer but... oh yeah, it's probably summer where you live right now. we've been having tons of snow here, so i'm thinking more about soups.

  22. Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at