A lighter linguine with added spiralized courgette, served with prawns, chilli and coriander
Salmon and prawn linguine is definitely happening now that Summer is well underway. The sauce for this recipe (which is ridiculously easy by the way) is packed full of tomatoey and coriander goodness, which gently coats the linguine, making every mouthful of this dish a slurpful delight! To top it off this dish also contains plenty of good fats from the oily salmon fillets and with a spiralizer on hand you can have as much or as little pasta as you want and make up the rest with curly courgette.
The spiralizer; I won’t say that this is something I use every day, in fact I hardly ever use it. I have yet to join the craze I think, although it does have its uses and this meal is definitely one of them. However, as spiralizing is a rarity in our house; my spiralizer isn’t a big fancy one with a turning handle, in fact its more like a large pencil sharpener. It does a pretty good job though and strips away the whole outer layer of the courgette and turns it into lovely thick curls. Maybe one day I’ll progress to a real one but for now I’m happy with my oversized pencil sharpener come curler.
So anyway back to this wonderful linguine with all its summery flavours and extra good, nutritious fatty acids. The origins of my version of this supercharged dish come from our first trip to Italy, where we watched a chef cook up a simple spaghetti with fresh tomatoes, basil and capers – so, so easy that it sounds like theres not enough ingredients to make it taste good. But trust me this combination with a little starchy water just sings summer in a bowl to me. Starchy water!? … the water that the linguine is cooked in is actually the best base for our tomato sauce and if you don’t already incorporate some of this fantastic water into your dishes then you’ll be truly amazed how just a ladle or two creates a sauce so silky and light that you’ll wonder why you haven’t been using this great bit of magic water all along.
Piled high with plenty of summery flavours this is the perfect dish to kick off some alfresco dining.
It’s also great recovery food after any high intensity exercise, so a big bowl of this perfect pasta was just what we needed a couple of weeks ago the day after completing the Manchester 10K. It was a great day and we got pretty lucky with the weather, sunny but not too warm. Definitely something I’ll do again, although if you’d asked me when I was half way around I’d probably have said “never again!!”. But it was a great feeling when I crossed the finished line and next time I would actually have a PB to aim for.
And now I’ve ran the farthest I’ve ever ran, I’ve gone right back to not running at all. Not really what I intended. But so long as some good food came out of it, I’m not going to worry too much 🙂