Creamy prawn linguine

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Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

This creamy prawn linguine is the perfect combination of thick linguine pasta, creamy sauce, and seared, juicy prawns. It all comes together in just 10 minutes in one frying pan while the pasta is cooking on the hob. We’ve also cut down on the calories by skipping the double cream and replacing with some creme fraiche. Enjoy this luxurious dish for your next weeknight family dinner!

Summary

Prep: 5 mins
Cooking: 10 mins
Ages: Toddlers to Teens
Difficulty: Easy peasy
Makes: 6 servings

What is linguine?

Unlike spaghetti, which is a medium round noodle, linguine is a thicker, flatter pasta. The name comes from ‘Lingue’ which means tongue, so ‘Linguine’ literally means ‘small tongues’.

The flattened surface of the linguine helps the sauces to stay on the surface of the pasta.

While we prefer linguine for this dish, if you only have spaghetti in the cupboard it will still make for a great tasting recipe!

Shrimp or prawns?

Shrimps and prawns may both be decapod crustaceans but they are actually two different species. Prawns classified as Dendrobranchiata and shrimps as Pleocyemata. There are also some anatomical differences such as the number of legs with claws on them.

However in cooking they are so easily interchangeable that they are often considered to be the same thing. Taste wise they are very similar so either can be used in this recipe. Shrimp are said to taste slightly more ‘buttery’ while prawns taste more ‘like chicken’.

In general one tends to find prawns that are larger and shrimps that are smaller and for that reason we’ve preferred prawns here.

Shellfish allergies in young children

Many parents may steer clear of prawns during the early years as they’re concerned about allergies. Shellfish are one of the common foods that children have allergies too. However with that in mind, the advice on when it’s best to introduce prawns varies.

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

The NHS advises that prawns are safe for babies to eat from as early as 6 months old, and that waiting longer doesn’t prevent the allergy from developing. In support of this view more and more medical professionals are advising parents to keep children exposed to as many different foods as possible from early on, as it may actually prevent allergies from developing.

Other doctors however advise caution and say to wait as long as 3 years before serving prawns.

Whenever you decide is the best time for your child to start we always recommend following a few basic guidelines. These would apply to any new food they are trying (not just prawns):

  • if your baby has had eczema or signs of allergies in the past, discuss this with your doctor before introducing foods with a higher risk of allergies.
  • give a small amount of the ‘new food’ to your child in the morning or early afternoon. This is so that you have a few hours of awake time with them before they go to sleep for the night. That way you can more easily spot an allergic reaction if one occurred than if they were asleep.

So we would proceed with caution first time round, but if your child is fine with prawns, cook away! They are a great addition to their diet. Prawns have lots of lean protein as well zinc, selenium, protein, B3 and Vitamin D.  Throw in some veg, and you have healthy meal that everyone will love.

Ingredients

  • 350 grams linguine pasta (12 ounces dry weight)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 250 grams sliced brown mushrooms (8 ounces)
  • 500 grams fresh prawns without shells, washed and deveined (1 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 400 grams crème fraiche
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook your linguine pasta according to package instructions in a pot of salted boiling water. When it’s cooked drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. While pasta is boiling, heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat.
  3. Add the 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the pan and fry the garlic for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the onions, and continue sautéing until soft.
  5. Add the mushrooms and fry while occasionally stirring, until the mushrooms have browned.
  6. Transfer mushrooms, onions and garlic from the frying pan to a plate and set it aside (keep any liquid leftover in the pan).
  7. To the same pan, add the remaining oil. Add the prawns and cook until they just begin to change colour.
  8. Add the paprika and salt. Cook while occasionally stirring for a further 1-2 minutes to combine all the flavours in the pan. Remove the prawns from the pan and add to the plate of vegetables.
  9. Add the crème fraiche and milk to the same pan and bring to a gentle simmer while stirring occasionally.
  10. Allow to simmer for a few minutes, then add in the cheese.
  11. Return the prawns, mushrooms, onions and garlic to the frying pan and mix into the creamy sauce.
  12. Add the cooked linguine pasta to the pan as well.
  13. Stir everything thoroughly for a further 2 minutes on low heat.
  14. Garnish with parsley and serve!

 

 

Creamy prawn linguine – our step by step guide:

 

Boil the pasta with a little bit of salt according to the packet instructions.

Linguine typically takes anywhere from 9-13 minutes to cook.

If you like your pasta “al dente” stay towards the lower end of the scale.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

When the pasta has finished cooking, drain it and set it aside.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

While your pasta is boiling away, add one tablespoon of your olive oil into a large fry pan and saute your garlic for 30 seconds.

Should should smell a nice, garlicky aroma, but it shouldn’t be brown. Be careful not to overcook, as garlic quickly becomes bitter it’s subjected to too much heat.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

Now add all your chopped onions and keep moving things around until the onions begin to soften.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

Throw in all your sliced brown mushrooms.

Cook them until they release their juices, and then add a bit more time to allow the mushroom juice to evaporate.

Now take all the veg and tip it out of the pan onto a plate or into a bowl.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

Add the prawns to the pan.

Keep everything moving until the prawns start to change colour.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

Sprinkle the paprika and salt over the prawns and stir everything together.

Keep it on the hob for a minute more to combine all the flavours.

Then remove the prawns from the pan and place with the reserved veg.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

Put your creme fraiche into the fry pan.

Simmer it for about 5 minutes or until it begins to thicken a little.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

Add the grated mozzarella to the creme fraiche and let everything simmer until the cheese has melted in.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

Now add the onions, mushroom, garlic and shrimp to the creme fraiche sauce in the frying pan.

Let it all simmer for a bit, and mix your pasta in.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

Cook on a low heat for 2 more minutes and distribute it into warm bowls.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

Enjoy this deliciously creamy prawn linguine!

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

 

For more delicious, light and creamy pasta dishes see our Salmon pasta bows.

 

Creamy prawn linguine - enjoy this lighter prawn carbonara recipe for your next family dinner

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Creamy prawn linguine

This creamy prawn linguine is the perfect combination of thick linguine pasta, creamy sauce, and seared, juicy prawns. It all comes together in just 10 minutes in one frying pan while the pasta is cooking on the hob. We’ve also cut down on the calories by skipping the double cream and replacing with some creme fraiche. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword creamy prawn linguine, prawn carbonara, prawn pasta, shrimp pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 bowls

Ingredients

  • 350 grams linguine pasta (12 ounces dry weight)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 250 grams brown mushrooms (8 ounces) sliced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 400 grams creme fraiche
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped to garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook your linguine pasta according to package instructions in a pot of salted boiling water. When it’s cooked drain, rinse and set aside.
  • While pasta is boiling, heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat.
  • Add the 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the pan and fry the garlic for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the onions, and continue sautéing until soft.
  • Add the mushrooms and fry while occasionally stirring, until the mushrooms have browned.
  • Transfer mushrooms, onions and garlic from the frying pan to a plate and set it aside (keep any liquid leftover in the pan).
  • To the same pan, add the remaining oil. Add the prawns and cook until they just begin to change colour.
  • Add the paprika and salt. Cook while occasionally stirring for a further 1-2 minutes to combine all the flavours in the pan. Remove the prawns from the pan and add to the plate of vegetables.
  • Add the crème fraiche and milk to the same pan and bring to a gentle simmer while stirring occasionally.
  • Allow to simmer for a few minutes, then add in the cheese.
  • Return the prawns, mushrooms, onions and garlic to the frying pan and mix into the creamy sauce.
  • Add the cooked linguine pasta to the pan as well.
  • Stir everything thoroughly for a further 2 minutes on low heat.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve!