Pasta Con Gamberi | Pasta With Prawns

I cooked this dish of pasta con gamberi (pasta with prawns) on my birthday in July! It is now September and I have reached a milestone in my blogging. I have been at it, mostly 5 days a week, for 2 years. And since moving to WordPress, I have managed 500 food related posts! You might be wondering why on earth I cooked on my birthday. Well, I got this amazing gift from Dave, my parents and my MIL and I could not wait to use it. I have a stand alone hand pasta machine but this one takes the cake (no pun intended). It works like a charm and is so easy to use! So, as a double celebration and without further ado, here is a great recipe for a grand occasion.

Kitchen Aid Pasta Attachment
Kitchen Aid Pasta Attachment


Pasta Con Gamberi | Pasta With Prawns
Pasta Con Gamberi | Pasta With Prawns

As you will see, I have used squid ink pasta, or pasta nero for this dish. I love the contrast of the red sauce and black pasta.

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Pasta Con Gamberi – Pasta With Prawns

Recipe Category: Italian
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 10 whole prawns
  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 whole dried chilli
  • 15 mls vegetable fond
  • 125 mls white wine
  • 250 mls water
  • 1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2.5 mls dried marjoram
  • small handful chopped parsley


  • take the heads and shells of the prawns
  • heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the prawn heads and shells with the shallot, garlic and chilli
  • when the shells start to colour add the fond, the white wine and ½ a cup of water
  • simmer until the shells and the heads are nice and red and then pass through a sieve
  • discard the solids and save the stock
  • add the tinned tomatoes to the pan with the rest of the water and the marjoram and allow to simmer
  • now get your pasta cooking and cut the prawns in half
  • add the stock to the tomatoes and with two minutes to go, cook the prawns
  • serve with the pasta and garnish with the parsley

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I am submitting this recipe to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by Sarah of La Cuisine de Sarah

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42 thoughts on “Pasta Con Gamberi | Pasta With Prawns

  1. Thats a great gift! Im sure you have used it often since! Congrats on the 500 blogs! To the next 500! *clink*
    The pasta & prawns sounds and look delish! Have an aweome day! xxx

  2. What a great birthday present and an inspiration to get mine out of the cupboard. Happy belated birthday and thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  3. What a lovely gift and congratulations on accomplishing your blogging milestone–look forward to another 500 posts!!

  4. My two favourite things – seafood and pasta 🙂 Congats on the blog milestone and look forward to many, many more! PS I’m also a July baby – good month.

  5. happy birthday, i make my pasta by hand and cut it with a knife so can i have your hand me down stand alone pasta making thingy! Now that you don’t need it anymore! (laughing not serious) .. c

  6. I want a pasta maker so badly! Okay, okay–I want about fifty kitchen gadgets so badly. But a pasta maker is up there! And prawns always make me think of the movie Muppets in Space 😀

  7. Congratulations on your 2 years! That’s quite a feat, especially when you’re posting so regularly! Your pasta looks awesome–my Mom got me that same KitchenAid attachment but (I’m sad to say) I have yet to use it! Yikes! Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder to get it out.

  8. Tandy…love you pasta and how cool getting the attachment for the pasta maker…love the idea of homemade pasta. Congratulations on your 500 posts…that is amazing!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

  9. What a beautiful gift…very lucky! this is one gadget i have never been very successful with. Mind you, I dont have one of my own but borowed a friend’s as a test run before I buy my own…didnt do very well. will have to give a go again sometime.

    Your pasta looks totally delish! I would skip the prawns (cos am a vegetarian) when I make mine…look forward to your recipe and especially on tips to make pasta (without having the dough stuick to the machine!)


  10. Hey Tandy. I have wished you on your birthday, and belated congrats on your 2 year blogaversary! How wonderful. That pasta looks amazing, love squid ink pasta.

  11. Exciting to have your own pasta machine. It reminds to unpack my own machine from it’s box where it’s been there since I moved to Thailand a couple of weeks ago.

  12. This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.


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