The 3 P's in this recipe refer to the the peas, prawns and pasta that are it's primary ingredients. This is one of my favourite recipes for work lunches. You can make it in 10 minutes the evening before and it heats up really easily and well in the microwave.
The recipe itself was taught to me by one of our friends. I've only made one modification to her recipe, and that's to remove the courgette as my beau is not the biggest fan of that particular vegetable and it's such a waste to see it sitting sadly on the side of the plate.
For a change, the first thing to do in this recipe is not chopping vegetables, instead it's putting the prawns in a colander and leaving them to defrost in the sink. This should take no more than a couple of hours especially in a warm kitchen. However, you could do the super fast defrost which I use when I am in a hurry, and pour freshly boiled water over them. This is probably not the best method though, and while I have never died from it, you might.
Once the prawns have defrosted, put the pasta and the peas into the saucepan. As I stated in the ingredients, I tend to use fusilli pasta for this dish, but it also works really well with tagliatelle.
I then add a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive before adding in the boiling water. The pasta and peas then need to cook for about 8 minutes, or however long it states on the packet.
While the pasta is cooking, crush the garlic and put to one side with the chilli flakes. When the pasta is done, drain it through a colander and leave until needed.
Making sure that there are no peas or pasta left in the saucepan, put it back on the heat and pour in the olive oil. Now add the crushed garlic and the chilli flakes.
Stir the garlic and the chilli in the pot and when you start to smell them, add in the prawns. As soon as the prawns curl into themselves, take the pot off the heat.
Tip the pasta and peas back into the pot and stir through the prawns and oil thoroughly.
Finally, season with salt and pepper. You need to be a bit heavier on the salt than you would think as it really brings out the flavour in the dish. I hope you enjoy it, as I said it's one of my favourite quick meals.