Budget-friendly Prawn & Pea Pasta

This budget-friendy and nourishing dinner recipe is brought to you by the letter P…Prawn and Pea Pasta with Pangrattato! A tongue-twister to say but a hit with the whole family to eat. Quick and easy, using pantry and freezer foods this budget-busting meal has a cost of less than $3 a serve. Boom!

Prawn and Pea Pasta with Pangrattato delivers flavour, texture and comfort

Silky pasta, juicy prawns and crunchy, garlicky toasted breadcrumbs gives this dish the thumbs up. If you keep some prawns and peas in your freezer, and tinned tomatoes and pasta in your pantry, this meal can be whipped up easily and in less than 20 minutes…it looks way more fancy than the effort required to cook it! Plus serve with a roasted veggie salad, this meal is loaded with colourful veggies and natural sweetness.

Prawn and Pea Pasta with Pangrattato – serves 4

1 tablespoon oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tin of tomatoes (we use pureed for a smooth sauce)

24 uncooked prawns, deveined and tails off

1 cup frozen peas

1 lemon, zested and juiced

250g dried pasta (we used linguine), prepared as per packet directions

2 tablespoons parsley

Pangrattato – toasted breadcrumbs

1 slice of bread (the crust is fine), grated into breadcrumbs

2 teaspoons oil

1/2 clove garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped

Heat the oil over low-moderate heat in a large frypan and cook the garlic and cinnamon until fragrant (but not browned or it will be bitter), 1-2 minutes. Add the tinned tomatoes and bring to a simmer, cooking for 5 or so minutes so that the flavours meld. Pop in the prawns and frozen peas and cook until the prawns are cooked and peas heated through, this will only take 3-4 minutes. Squeeze in the lemon juice, then stir through the cooked pasta. Divide into 4 bowls and scatter parsley, lemon zest and pangrattato over the top. Serve with a roasted veggie salad for more goodness.


To make the Pangrattato, heat the oil in a small fry pan over low-moderate heat then add in the garlic, breadcrumbs and thyme leaves. Stir while cooking for 2-3 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and crunchy. Tip into a bowl so they stop cooking.

Enjoy! We hope you love this recipe…perfect for cooler nights. If you’re after more winter recipe ideas, check out our Winter Warming Meal Plan in our Shop.

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