Fusilli with prawns, white beans & mint

Fusilli with prawns, white beans & mint

Fusilli con gamberetti, cannellini & menta

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From
The Amalfi Coast
Serves
4
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

I ate this dish on our wedding anniversary at the beautiful San Pietro hotel just outside Positano. The waiter presented me with a ring from Giancarlo, my husband, hidden under a silver salver. Continuing a perfect evening, I then ate this delicate and exciting combination of fresh green mint and sweet pink prawns against a backdrop of pale cannellini beans and homemade fusilli.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
320g Homemade pasta spirals
400g cooked cannellini beans
50ml extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 red chili, depending on strength, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
16 raw tiger prawns, shelled but with heads and tails on
100ml white wine
12 mint leaves, roughly chopped
knob of butter

Method

  1. Start by cooking the dried pasta in plenty of salted boiling water and make the sauce while it cooks. If you are using fresh pasta, make the sauce first and then cook the pasta.
  2. Drain the beans and set aside. Heat the oil in a frying pan and lightly fry the chilli and garlic with a li…ttle seasoning, being careful not to let them burn. Add the prawns and fry until pink, then stir in the beans. When the beans start sticking to the bo…ttom of the pan, pour in the wine and allow it to reduce for 3–4 minutes. During this time, cook the fresh pasta. Taste the sauce and season again if necessary. Scatt…er over the mint leaves over and stir in the butt…er.
  3. Add the drained pasta along with a couple of tablespoons of cooking water and toss through the sauce. Serve in warmed bowls.
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The AmalfiCoast
Giancarlo
Katie
Caldesi
Amalfi
Italy
Italian
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