Friday, 31 May 2013

One-Pan Prawns with Potatoes and Courgettes

We had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend with lots of good company and good food. By Monday, I was left with a fridge full of odds and sods and a strong desire to create some space without wasting anything. We didn't have enough pasta left for everyone to have the family spaghetti "bolognaise", so I cobbled this dish together as an alternative for husband and I. I used Jamie Oliver's simple tomato sauce - it's great to have a few servings of this in the freezer for quick dinners.

The dish was slightly sharp, probably due to too much lemon juice. Next time I might try red wine or balsamic vinegar as a replacement.


  • Approx. 400g of Jamie Oliver's simple tomato sauce
  • A handful of prawns, peeled and de-veined
  • 1 heaped dessert spoon of pancetta cubes, or sliced streaky bacon
  • 200g new potatoes, washed and sliced at 3mm thickness
  • 1 courgette, half-peeled (for the stripy effect) and sliced diagonally at 3mm thickness
  • A tiny squeeze of lemon juice
  • Handful of fresh, torn basil leaves
  • (Optional) Grated hard cheese (I used cheddar) to serve
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Ground black pepper to taste
Serves 2


  • Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Add the pancetta cubes and shake around until browned
  • Add the sliced new potatoes and stir occasionally for 2-3 minutes - let sit in the pan to brown
  • Add the courgettes and stir-occasionally for 2-3 minutes, browning nicely
  • Add the tomato sauce and a tiny squeeze of lemon juice, and the black pepper. Turn the heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add the prawns, replace the cover and simmer for another few minutes, until the prawns are just cooked
  • Add the basil leaves, stir and remove from the heat. Serve in warmed serving bowls, with a little grated cheese on top

One-Pan Prawns with Potatoes and Courgettes

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