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Creamy pesto prawn pasta

Total Time
35 min
20 min
15 min
All it takes to whip up this creamy delight is seven ingredients, so get started pronto!


Fresh basil

4 cup(s), leaves, lossely packed


1 clove(s), coarsely chopped

Pine nuts

2 tbs

Lemon juice

2 tbs

Wholemeal pasta, dry

300 g, (penne)

Raw peeled prawns

20 small, (650g), deveined, tails intact

Light evaporated milk

¾ cup(s), (185ml)


  1. Reserve 13 cup basil leaves and set aside. Place remaining basil leaves, garlic and pine nuts in a small food processor and process until finely chopped. Add lemon juice and process until a coarse paste forms.
  2. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water following packet instructions, or until just tender. Drain and return pasta to pan.
  3. Meanwhile, lightly spray a large non-stick frying pan with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add prawns and cook for 2 minutes each side or until cooked through. Reduce heat to medium, add milk and cook, stirring, for 1–2 minutes or until thickened slightly. Remove pan from heat and stir in homemade pesto. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Add prawn mixture to pasta, tossing to combine. Divide among four bowls and serve topped with reserved basil.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Mixed lettuce leaves, cherry tomatoes and thinly sliced red onion.