Pesto Spaghetti with Grilled Prawns

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Pesto Spaghetti with Grilled Prawns

Look at the size of these prawns.  Grill them up and serve them with a portion of spaghetti with a Basil and Parsley Pesto made with walnuts, basil, parsley, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.  Simple and delicious.  Chef and cook book author Pamela Morgan shares the step-by-step details which she recently did with her non-chef husband who whipped this up since Pam is recovering from a ski accident.  Sending best wishes to Pam.

Prep Time: 15m; Cook Time: 30m; Total Time: 45m

Serves: 2 people


  • Basil and Parsley Pesto
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts
  • 3 Garlic, cloves
  • 2 cups Basil
  • 1/2 cup Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Grilled Praws
  • 6 Head on prawns
  • 3/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sea salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon Freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 pound Spaghetti


Basil & Parsley Pesto

  • Combine basil, parsley, nutritional yeast, garlic, walnuts, EVOO, lemon juice in a large food processor bowl. You can substitute Parmigiano-Reggiano for nutritional yeast.
  • Blend to a smooth paste
  • Season to taste

Grilled Praws & Spaghetti

  1. In a large bowl toss the prawns with EVOO, salt, and pepper
  2. Mix well and let the prawns marinate, covered and chilled for two hours
  3. In a large pot, bring a gallon of salted water to boil
  4. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions
  5. Grill the prawns in a hot grill pan for about 3 minutes on each side.
  6. Remove the prawns to a platter
  7. Deglaze the grill pan with 1/2 cup of pasta water
  8. Drain the pasta
  9. Add pasta back into the large pot
  10. Add the deglazing liquid back into the pasta
  11. Add 1 cup of pesto
  12. Stir, add more pasta water if needed
  13. Taste for seasoning
  14. Place on a large platter, and garnish with grilled prawns


Recipes: Cioppino – Italian Seafood Stew  Cookbook author and entertaining expert, Pamela Morgan is the owner of NYC based Flirting with Flavors, where she offers exclusive cooking parties, inspirational seminars and special events. She is highly regarded as a special event planner, culinary consultant, cookbook author, and is a food & entertaining editor for Hamptons’s Cottages and Gardens.   Pamela sees food as a flirtation: sexy, provocative, and a little mysterious. Her desire is to teach you how to flirt your way into a full on passion for cooking and entertaining! Visit her web site for recipes, entertaining inspiration and much more.

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