Recipes for blokes

Art of Manliness has called for recipes for their Man Cookbook <link>. Here’s my submission from Jamie Oliver’s recent book of Italian food, “Jamie’s Italy”. Buy it here <link>.

Spaghetti with prawns and rocket

455g/1lb dried spaghetti

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cloves of garlic peeled and finely chopped

1-2 dried chillies crumbled (2 is more than enough I find)

400g/14oz peeled raw prawns

1 small wineglass of white wine

2 heaped tablespoons of sun-dried tomato paste/puree or 6 sun-dried tomatoes blitzed in a blender

zest and juice of 1 lemon

2 handfuls of rocket roughly chopped


Cook the spaghetti as per the packet instructions, circa 9-12 minutes.


Man tip: Make sure the water is salted and boiling before adding the pasta. Leave the lid off the pot once the pasta has gone in to avoid boil overs. Timers on microwaves are wonderful things.


While this is cooking heat three good glugs of extra virgin olive oil in a large frypan and toss in the garlic and chilli. As the garlic begins to colour, add the prawns and sauté them for a minute. Add the white wine and the tomato puree and simmer for a couple of minutes.


At this point Jamie recommends draining the spaghetti and tossing it into the frypan with the spaghetti, squeezing in the lemon juice, adding half the rocket and a little bit of the spaghetti water if the sauce looks a little thick. I did this the first time and it got a little messy; probably just me. What I’ve found is that it works just as well adding the lemon and rocket to the prawn sauce and then pouring it over the pasta.


Whatever approach you take, before serving sprinkle each dish with the lemon zest and the rest of the rocket.


Thanks Jamie for another great recipe. My family love it. It’s supposed to serve four people but there is never any leftovers with the three of us.


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