Spice-encrusted Grilled Prawn & Whole Wheat Pesto Spaghetti

Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 2 -4
Author: A Bachelor & His Grill

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces whole wheat spaghetti noodles dried
  • A Bachelor & His Grill's "Toasted Almond & Basil Pesto," see recipe below
  • A Bachelor & His Grill's "Spice-encrusted Grilled Prawn," see recipe below
  • Cherry tomatoes sliced
  • Feta cheese crumbled
  • Fresh rosemary chopped, to garnish

Instructions

  • Prepare "Toasted Almond-Basil Pesto," per recipe below. Cover & set aside.
  • Prepare "Spice-encrusted Grilled Prawn" dry rub & marinate prawn, per recipe below.
  • Meanwhile, in large pot over high heat bring water, salt & 1 tablespoon oil to boil.
  • Add spaghetti & stirring intermittently, cook 10-15 minutes, or until just tender, but slightly firm to bite. Drain remaining water from noodles, toss & set aside to rest, covered.
  • While noodles boiling, preheat grill to high, remove prawn from marinade, then skewer & cook "Spice-encrusted Grilled Prawn," per recipe below.
  • Toss prepared spaghetti noodles with pesto, tomatoes & feta. Add 1-2 skewers of grilled prawn. garnish with rosemary & season additionally, to taste.
  • Serve.

 

Spice-encrusted Grilled Prawn

Prep Time2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 2 -4
Author: A Bachelor & His Grill

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces prawn or shrimp
  • 1/4 cup olive oil plus additional for basting
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorn
  • wooden skewers soaked in water 20 minutes before applying prawn

Instructions

  • Using pestle & mortar (or food processor) grind together herbs & spices.
  • In covered container, massage oil & spices into prawn, then marinate 1-4 hours, stirring intermittently.
  • Preheat grill to high, soak skewers & rest prawn at room temperature 20 minutes before cooking.
  • With shell in tact, skewer 3-4 prawn at a time, then lay over direct heat of the grill's hottest grates.
  • Grill 2-3 minutes per side, with grill lid open, basting as the prawn cook.
  • Remove prawn skewers from grill when shells are pink, bold char marks set, & prawn meat is cooked through, to translucent in color.
  • Remove prawn from skewers, season additionally to taste, & serve immediately.

 

Toasted Almond and Basil Pesto

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 2 cups
Author: A Bachelor & His Grill

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups cups fresh basil packed
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley packed
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ cup salted almonds
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil plus additional as needed
  • salt and fresh ground peppercorn to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Dry roast almonds, in single layer, on lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes, or until just fragrant. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  • In food processor pulse together all ingredients, except oil.
  • Then, pour olive oil ¼ cup at a time, pulsing until desired consistency achieved.
  • Season to taste with kosher salt / pepper.