Pasta with Prawns and Pistachio Pesto

Inspired by a dish we had at a restaurant on our recent trip to Puglia

Serves: 2

What you need

  • 200g Dried pasta
  • 6-8 Prawns, peeled & de-veined
  • 90g Pistachio kernels (NOT roasted)
  • 10g Pistachio kernels – finely chopped (for garnish)
  • 50ml Olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 10-12 Cherry tomatoes
  • 200g Canned lobster bisque soup
  • 25ml Vermouth or Brandy
  • A handful of basil, roughly chopped
  • Salt & Pepper

How to put this together

  1. Make the pesto by blending together 90g pistachio kernels + a pinch of slat + olive oil. Leave aside until needed.
  2. Heat 1T oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add prawns. Fry until half done. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Heat 1T oil in the same pan, add garlic + cherry tomatoes. Fry until fragrant. Take care not to burn the garlic.
  4. Add lobster bisque soup. Bring to boil.
  5. Add pesto. Mix well.
  6. Add Brandy. Reduce to a simmer. Taste & season with salt and pepper
  7. Bring a large pan of water to boil with plenty of salt. Add pasta. Cook according to packet instructions, until al dente.
  8. Add pasta to the sauce with some pasta water. Mix well.
  9. Take off heat. Add chopped basil. Stir through.
  10. Serve immediately, sprinkled with finely chopped pistachio