in my kitchen | sun-dried tomato, prawn & rocket linguine

My husband doesn’t like prawn dishes (though he’ll eat them pink, boiled & briny the way you buy them from the shop), so getting him to eat something ‘prawny’ is notoriously difficult.

Last week during a work lunch with my engineers I had a really delicious prawn linguine. I immediately wrote down the ingredients (from what I could see/taste) to emulate at home.

I made it for dinner on Easter Sunday and imagine my delight when Jay said he loved it!

Here is my sun-dried tomato, prawn and rocket linguine:

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 16 green (uncooked) prawns; peeled & deveined
  • 2 small eschallots (French onions); finely diced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic;  grated
  • 1 long birds-eye chilli; deseeded to taste & finely chopped
  • handful of sun-dried tomatoes in oil; drained & sliced
  • handful of flat leaf parsley; roughly chopped
  • 2 handfuls of baby rocket
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2-3 tbs sun-dried tomato pesto
  • 2 servings of linguine (fresh pasta is best, but dried is fine); cooked til al dente
  • third-cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • seasoning (salt & pepper)
  • wedge of lemon to serve
fresh peeled prawns
the other ingredients


In a large saucepan, boil water, add pinch of salt then add linguine and simmer til al dente (follow packet instructions but usually 8-10 mins).

In a large fry pan, heat olive oil over medium heat then add eschallots, garlic and chilli and cook til onion is translucent (3-5 mins). Add in prawns and cook stirring occasionally til slightly pink (again 3-5 mins). Add in sun-dried tomatoes and parsley then turn off the heat.

in the pan

Drain linguine (once done) and add into the prawn mixture. Stir through sun-tomato pesto and rocket leaves. Season to taste.

Divide among serving bowls, sprinkle over Parmesan and serve with wedge of lemon.

sun-dried tomato, prawn & rocket linguine

Bon appetito!

Published by thisismelly

Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

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