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Lemon & Garlic Prawn Pasta

This dish came about thanks to the generous quantities when ordering on Instamart. It can be frustrating at times when you only need a small portion. The good news is, you can break the usage and enjoy smaller, multiple meals featuring the ingredient. And that’s how celery ended up in my pasta folks! I love tossing up this easy yet aromatic Lemon & Garlic Prawn Pasta when friends come over, it's a little bit of gourmet to ad to every kitchen.


Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time:15 minutes Serves:3



  • Spaghetti - 200 gms

  • Prawns (deveined) - 250 gms

  • Garlic - 10-15 cloves

  • Celery - 2 stalks

  • Lemon - 2

  • Pepper corns - 4-5

  • Chili flakes - 1 teaspoon

  • Rock salt - 1 tbsp

  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp

Method for Lemon & Garlic Prawn Pasta

  • Boil water in a pot with ample salt and cook the pasta, al dente (slightly undercooked)

  • Strain the pasta water into a bowl for future use and run the pasta through cold water

  • In a fry pan, add olive oil and finely chopped garlic

  • When the garlic turns light brown, add chopped celery (Save some celery for garnish)

  • Sauté the mixture till the celery settles yet is still green

  • Add cleaned, washed and deveined prawns (whole) into the mixture

  • Add crushed pepper and salt to taste (add lesser salt as the pasta has cooked in salt)

  • Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat with intervals of adding pasta water (1 ladle)

  • Add cooked spaghetti and some more olive oil

  • Mix and close the lid for 5 minutes so the flavor gets into the ingredients

  • Squeeze fresh lemon, toss with thyme / oregano, and garnish with remaining celery

  • Optional: Plate with parmesan cheese and pair with a glass of red

This is a dry pasta recipe aka, it is oil-based and not sauce-based. Works well as a fresh pasta for lunch or even for dinner if you want to keep the meal light. It is relatively less indulgent but packs in a punch with the flavor. Celery can be skipped although the taste is just not the same without it and can come off slightly bland.

Pasta with lemon prawns and celery
Plate up hearty quantities for prawns and celery in every bite


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