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Prawn Spaghetti with Lemon Vodka Sauce

Pasta doesn't have to be smothered in tomato sauce to be good; a simple vodka, lemon and cream sauce is just as good.


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Prawn Spaghetti with Lemon Vodka Sauce
September 4, 2012

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Prawn Spaghetti with Lemon Vodka Sauce

Pasta doesn’t have to be smothered in tomato sauce to be good; a simple vodka, lemon and cream sauce is just as good. And what’s better, you can whip this delectable dish up after work and be relaxing on the couch in no time.

You can of course alter it to your tastes; if you like more garlic, add more; if you like chilli, go ahead and add some… or lots! It’s a great flavour base for adding what you like.

I’m not sure why there is vodka in the recipe, you I couldn’t taste it, perhaps it is more a gimmick thing; anyway I’d still add it in the next time I make it just because 😛

Prawn Spaghetti with Lemon Vodka Sauce
Donna Hay

400g spaghetti
20g butter
4 cloves garlic, sliced
20 green (raw) prawns, peeled with tails intact
1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream
2 tablespoons vodka
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
sea salt and cracked black pepper

1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes or until al dente. Drain and keep warm.

2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and prawns and cook for 2 minutes, remove from the pan and set aside.

3. Add the cream, vodka and lemon juice to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Return the prawns to the pan with the pasta, parsley, salt and pepper and toss to combine.

Serves 4.


14 comments on “Prawn Spaghetti with Lemon Vodka Sauce
  1. Winston

    Omg this is why I love pastas, they actually take close to no time to prepare and there’s like a bazillion ways to reinvent them. YUMMO… I feel so “grown up” with this too. I shall eat it in front of a kid to deny him of this to make myself feel superior. Yes. I kid. YUM!

    September 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm
  2. Maria @ Feisty Tapas

    I keep on seeing recipes for pasta sauces with vodka, I am going to have to give this one a try!

    September 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm
  3. Kristy @ Southern In-Law

    So many pasta sauces use vodka, but I too have no idea why. It didn’t impact the taste at all?

    Stunning photos, as always!

    September 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm
  4. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    mmmmm…I’m getting tipsy just reading this LOL Love. IT.

    September 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm
  5. Eat Sew Love

    Yummm – can’t wait to try this!

    September 5, 2012 at 9:16 am
  6. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I think I could put your lemon vodka sauce on dirt and exclaim to friends how good it was. 🙂 Lovely photo!

    September 5, 2012 at 9:48 am
  7. Nic@diningwithastud

    I love that its a creamy sauce but not mega heavy. YUM 😀

    September 5, 2012 at 10:45 am
  8. Lizzy (Good Things)

    Looks and sounds like a tasty little number!

    September 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm
  9. Ali

    Wow! Pasta with vodka…who would have thought! This does look like a tasty little number, I must trip it one day 🙂

    September 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm
  10. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    This recipe sure is unique Shellie 😉 I’ve never thought of putting alcohol in pasta ~ but it looks and sounds delicious!

    September 6, 2012 at 12:02 am
  11. Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    Love the fact there is vodka in this, simple flavours with a twist. Just had the thought, I know you were going away from tomato based sauce here, but bloody mary pasta!

    September 12, 2012 at 12:21 am
  12. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    love! have been wanting to try something similar for some time. Prawns + pasta = bliss.
    Heidi xo

    September 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm
  13. lizzie - strayed from the table

    Donna Hay is just too clever with her recipes. If you want you could replace the vodka with white wine. Yours looks pretty damn tasty.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:06 am
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