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Delicious, simple prawn and asparagus spaghetti recipe

Prawn and aspargus spaghetti

Prawn and aspargus spaghetti

I love prawns and asparagus. At this time of year there are a lot of two for one offers on UK asparagus and we cash in. Our asparagus patch is into its second year and not thriving. However, an asparagus expert visited the garden recently, inspected the spindly spears and gave me some great advice.
“Apply fish, blood and bone and bank up with earth like spuds. These roots are clearly not being fed enough!”
Maybe, next year we might be cutting our first spears.

Prawns are expensive but Danny often finds them half price on the *CFC. They freeze well and are there for a quick meal if you are pressed for time or just want a bit of a treat.

This meal was fast and easy to prepare  – just the time to cook the spaghetti. It tasted superb – good fresh flavours and loads of deluxe élan. This would be great for a chic supper party – there was plenty for four people with a starter or a pud.

Delicious prawn and asparagus spaghetti recipe for four


250g of asparagus
290g of cooked prawns
300g of spaghetti
2 tbsp of good olive oil
The juice of half a lemon
1 clove of garlic (chopped very fine) or a teaspoon of garlic granules
4 tbsp of grated Parmesan (or similar hard cheese)


Cook the asparagus (ours took 5 mins, plunged into boiling water), chop off the woody part of the stems and cut the spears into 2 – 3cm lengths. Set aside.

Cook your spaghetti according to the manufacturer’s instructions, meanwhile towards the end of cooking time gently heat the olive oil, lemon juice and garlic in a frying pan.

When the spaghetti is cooked drain and set aside (lid on).

Quickly add the cooked prawns and asparagus tips to the frying pan and turning them gently cover them with the oil, garlic and lemon mixture. After a couple of minutes or so – when they are warmed through serve them on top of the spaghetti with a decent sprinkle of grated Parmesan.

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  1. I cooked this also – and found it delicious (though added courgettes as well). So good told my italian friend who owns a restaurant.

  2. nickwill

    We cooked this dish tonight, it was really good, the lemon bought through the flavours of the prawns and asparagus really well. Very quick and simple to prepare, definitely one we’ll be doing again!

  3. Karen Lizzie

    I am a huge fan of the CFC, however the one item I would never buy is prawns I have known too many people who have been ill after eating short-dated prawns! However if you buy them, it is really important to check that they are suitable for freezing as most “fresh” shell fish has been recently frozen.

    Lovely recipe all the same.

  4. Juanita

    Prawns and asparagus, two of my fave things to eat!

  5. Helle (Helen)

    I only recently found your blog and am enjoying reading it very much. Your comments about asparagus come at just the right time: mine have only produced spindly little spears in this their second year, so I thought about digging the whole lot up and re-doing the bed, but maybe a good feed is all that is needed instead. Much better for my back 🙂

  6. mandi

    I was watching jamie at home today planting asparagus and saying it needs very drained soil you should even go as far as planting on a layer of gravel. Also his garden said you can’t/shouldn’t cut it until the 4th season that way all the goodness goes back to the root and the plant can last up to 20 yrs if you let it rest for the right amount of time at the beginning.

  7. Joanna

    That’s worth bearing in mind, we have ours growing from seed this year so we have a bit of a long wait.

  8. Paula

    Ah! that may be what’s ailing my asparagus. Don’t get me wrong- we got a lot this spring, but some of the spears did not look alright and I’ve not figured out what was wrong with them. Guess I’ll side dress them with some organic fertilizer and then dump some compost on them next fall, which by then should be full of chicken manure!

    Your pasta dish sounds delish, by the way.

  9. Nickwill

    I wonder if the Rock Dust may be of benefit? We’re going to be trying it on tomatoes, cucumbers, broad beans and garlic this year, will keep you posted.

  10. MaryN

    We feed our asparagus bed with lots of well rotted horse manure,Fiona. A good dressing at autumn, and keep the plants well watered in the growing season. They are really greedy feeders.

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