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Spicy Penne with Roasted Courgettes, Prawns & Pesto

Thursday, 14 May 2009

I had the tastiest pesto pasta when I was back in Malaysia and ever since then, I had a huge craving for pesto pasta. It was the day's special at Cafe Uno and they cooked it with strips of tasty chicken and it was pretty spicy. So to satisfy my cravings, I made this dish but with roasted courgettes and prawns. Apart from roasting courgettes and pine nuts, this dish is very simple and satisfying.

Spicy Penne with Roasted Courgettes Prawns and Pesto

Ingredients: serves 3-4

  • Olive Oil
  • 275g Penne
  • 2 Courgettes - sliced
  • 240g Ready Peeled & Cooked Prawns
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts - toasted
  • 4 tbs Pesto (your choice)
  • Chilli flakes
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper


  • For roasted courgettes, toss sliced courgettes in olive oil and roast at 200°C until browned (~30 mins).
  • Cook penne in a large pot of boiling water according to the pasta packaging instructions. Drain.
  • In a pan, heat up a bit of olive oil.
  • Add prawns and stir fry until prawns are heated up.
  • Add in penne.
  • Mix in pesto. Add more olive oil if pesto is too viscous and hard to mix.
  • Toss in roasted courgettes and pine nuts.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle a bit of chilli flakes on pasta and enjoy!

I am sending this dish to Patsy who is hosting this week's Presto Pasta Night.

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Wild Boar said...

Roasting the courgettes transforms it completely from something rather boring into a tasty treat even the vege-hating Pig Pig will eat.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delightful pasta dish! extremely droolworthy!



Pearl said...

Ann - your dish looks delish!

Chef E said...

Okay now I am hungry! What a dish, and i love red pepper on most anything...

Jenn said...

Pesto, penne and prawns three of my favorite things. You've won me over!! said...

We're going to start saying 'courgette' from now on. It sounds so much better than zucchini. That being said, this looks like a very simple dish anyone can do. Yum!

Soma said...

I love pesto pastas. I make mine with different kinds of pesto most of the times. The roasting sounds really good.. it always enhances the taste.

Bob said...

Looks lovely! Although I have no idea what courgettes are...

Elra said...

I really like pasta cook this way, simple yet flavorful. Zucchini is perfect too, as we are getting a lot of this at the farmer's market. Well done Ann.

lisaiscooking said...

That sounds fantastic! Love the chile flakes with the shrimp and courgettes.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh I could so dive into a plate of that right now. It looks incredible!

Nags said...

That looks yum!

burpandslurp said...

wow! what a great, simple pasta recipe. definitely a keeper!

Patsyk said...

Looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing with PPN!

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious pasta dish! I love the combination of pine nuts and red pepper flakes and pesto here with the pasta and shrimp!

email2me said...

Looks simple to prepare and tasty! I will probably throw in some finely chopped bird eye chili to spice it up a bit. XD

Janet @ Gourmet Traveller 88 said...

This is a beautiful pasta. BTW, I am in London again, the only night that my hubby and I can come out. Am considering to go to Barrafina perhaps, I wish I could stay longer and try more.

Natashya said...

Sounds delish! Pasta = love. :)

Grace said...

penne isn't my favorite pasta shape and shrimp isn't my favorite protein, but there's no way in the world i'd turn this down. the thin slices of zucchini and the brilliant pesto make this a fantastic dish!

Margaret said...

What a great recipe to make after work.
Loved all the wedding photographs - congratulations!!!

Screamin' Mama said...

Yummy! Looks amazing. I've only recently started eating spicy foods. I'll definitely try this one.

Angie's Recipes said...

Spicy penne, with that much seafood, is for sure my thing. Great pic!

Culinary Wannabe said...

Oh man, I am looking at this wishing I had a big plate of it for dinner!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

This sounds like soul food to me! And the base recipe would lend itself to wild variations. Great stuff!

Jude said...

I keep confusing courgettes with aubergines, me being not in the UK and all. Had to look it up :)

Sweetiepie said...

This is instead an easy and delicious pasta!I love pesto too :)

Olga said...

I had to look up what corgettes are...turns out it's just zuchinni :)

Btw, love your red wedding shoes! And the cake topper is adorable...I think I saw something like that on

Reeni♥ said...

I really love pesto, too! This looks very tasty!

pigpigscorner said...

Rosa, Pearl, Donna, Nags, burbandslurp, Natashya, Reeni: Thank you =) It's really simple yet very delicious! Ahh...planning my next pesto pasta!

Chef E: I love all spicy stuff!!

Jenn: Those are my favourite ingredients too and they are perfect together!

duodishes I didn't know courgette and zucchini are the same thing. Had to google it. Yeap, it's amazingly simple to put together and very satisfying.

Soma: Agree with the roasting! I am addicted to roasting vegetables now.

Bob: They are the same as zucchini. Just fuond out =P

Elra: Thank you =) I like my pasta simple and tasty!

lisa: Addicted to spicy food, so I try to add chili in my dishes whenever possible =P

Patsyk: No problem! All of this week's PPN dishes look delicious!

5 Star Foodie: Thank you =) Love the combo too! Lovely flavours and textures.

email2me: ooo fusion flavours...yum yum!

Janet: aww you should eat out in London more often! There are jsut so many yuumy foods to explore! Hope you get to try Barrafina!

Grace: Penne is actually one of my favourites and I love prawns! But you can always switch the pasta and meat, it would still taste amazing!

Margaret: Yeap! Very easy to put together and very tasty! Thanks for your wishes =)

Screamin' Mama: You can add the chili flakes to suit your taste. I love spicy food!

Angie: Thanks =) Spicy pasta is definitely my comfort food.

Culinary Wannabe: hehe...cook urself some yummy pasta now!

Shari: Yeap! My ultimate comfort food! Pesto is so versatile!

Jude: Roasted aubergines would be nice in this too! I always thought zucchini and courgettes are different things, but turns out they are the same!

Olga: hehe yes, just found out too! I looks it up on and turns out it's my cake topper! The maker - bigboysoven posted on that website =)

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

GREAT flavour combo there! I'm not a huge pasta eater but I would gratefully and greedily partake of that! :)

Ruth said...

Fabulous dish - thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. Hope to see you back often.

Sophie said...

This looks so good with the prawns-so fresh and tasty!

pigpigscorner said...

Lorraine: Thank you =) I'm hungry again just by looking at the picture!

Ruth: Thank you =) I love pasta and I enjoy Presto Pasta Nights! Wonderful pasta dishes...

Sophie: Thanks =)

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