Prep: 15 mins (cooking the spaghetti) Cook: 7 mins Yield: Meal for 1 person Level: Beginner
There’s food that you eat to nourish your body and then there’s food that nourishes your soul – it warms your heart, makes everything alright and we call it comfort food. For all Indians, the number one comfort food perhaps is Maggi – it is tasty (suits everyone’s palette), brings back memories of school and college days and the nostalgia of first time living away from home. Each and everyone of us living in urban India has a happy memory of Maggi or even an anecdote where Maggi saved the day. Why am I talking about Maggi today? I don’t know because my post today is not even remotely related to Maggi, but it sure is about Comfort Food…
The Holy Grail of my comfort food is this Spaghetti dish with Garlic Butter Prawns. It is super easy to make, quick and it has sea food – checks all the boxes 🙂 If you are not into seafood, you can substitute it with sausages or other forms of meat or even vegetables. However, the combination of butter, garlic and prawns is a classic and I would urge you to follow the recipe through…
- Shrimps/Prawns – 200 gms
- Spaghetti – enough for one person
- Salted Butter – 1 tbsp
- Garlic – 7 cloves (minced)
- Fresh Basil – 5-6 leaves (finely chopped)
- Chili Flakes (optional) – as per taste
- Parmesan Cheese (optional) – as per taste
Fill a large pot with water and place of high heat. Add some salt to the water and wait for it to boil.
Once the water starts boiling put in the spaghetti and let it cook; it should take about 10 mins for the spaghetti to be Al Dente.
While you are waiting for the water to boil and the pasta to cook, take a large skillet or pan on high flame, add butter and fry the garlic in it.
Once the garlic has browned add in the prawns and stir fry to cook the prawns well.
Once the prawns have gotten cooked (they would have turned from grey to pink), add the chopped Basil leaves and stir-fry them with the prawns.
You will know that everything is ready when the aroma of garlic and Basil starts wafting around you. Add the cooked pasta to the pan/skillet. Stir fry the spaghetti for a bit. sprinkle some chili flakes and Voila! your dinner is ready!
You can add some grated parmesan cheese for an added punch and creaminess. I avoid it because it tends to clash with the Basil but to each their own 🙂
This is one of the easiest and the quickest dishes I cook for dinner and since my husband is allergic to Sea-Food, I make this with chicken sausages for him while I enjoy the prawns.