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Spicy Prawn Quinoa Pasta

During the summer months, lighter, olive oil based pastas are always my go-to. I’ve also recently discovered that quinoa pasta is actually quite tasty – if cooked and put in the right dish. I had read a recipe about a Spicy Lobster Pasta and wanted to put my own little twist on it using prawns instead of lobster and adding sauteed kale for extra flavor. This is a perfect all-in-one dish and easy to make on a weeknight after work!


Prawn, Tomato and Kale Quinoa Pasta

Serves 4

8oz Quinoa pasta of your choice

Kosher Salt

3 C kale, rinsed and chopped

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 large Shallot, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 lb cherry tomatoes, leave ½ lb whole and the other ½ lb halved

1 lb cooked jumbo prawns

Black Pepper

French Bread (optional)

Directions for pasta:

  • Sautee kale with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and set aside.
  • Cook quinoa pasta of your choosing in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water on the side.
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes, stirring often, until shallot is softened, usually 2-3 minutes. Add sauteed kale and tomatoes and cook, stirring often, until tomatoes are soft and juicy, 5–8 minutes.
  • Add in prawns to skillet, stirring in to coat with sauce. Add pasta and ½ cup reserved pasta cooking liquid; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing constantly and adding more reserved pasta cooking liquid as needed, until sauce thickens and coats pasta, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve pasta hot with the option of fresh French bread on the side!


Calories: 426 Fat: 13g Carbs: 57g Protein: 23g


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