For over 30 years I have been a fan of Maria Licata. Maria was the previous owner of Giuseppes in Newcastle, a warm, cosy and inviting Italian restaurant where the whole family welcomed you.
This amazing woman now brings her talent and experience to you. Sit back, relax and watch Maria transform simple food into a culinary feast, all in your own home.
Here is one of Maria's beautiful recipes sure to tantalise your taste buds.
1 PUNNET CHERRY TOMATO HALVED
3 CLOVES OF GARLIC FINELY CHOPPED
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
50 MLS OF WHITE WINE
200 GRAMS OF LINGUINI –HAVE THIS COOKING WHILST YOU PREP THE SAUCE AS YOU TAKE IT STRAIGHT OUT OF THE WATER AND INTO THE SAUCE FOR BETTER RESULTS, AS WELL AS USE SOME OF THE PASTA WATER AS STOCK.
SALT/PEPPER TO TASTE
1 CUP OF BABY SPINACH LEAVES
200 GRAMS OF FRESH GREEN PRAWNS
WHAT YOU DO NOW
ON LOW HEAT –
HEAT A THIN LAYER OF OLIVE OIL,
RAISE THE HEAT TO MEDIUM-
ADD THE CHERRY TOMATO AND GARLIC,
COOK UNTIL TOMATO IS SOFT,
THROW IN THE WINE,
ADD SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE,
ADD A SPLASH OF OLIVE OIL AND THE PRAWNS, COOK FOR A MINUTE,
THROW IN YOUR AL DENTE LINGUINI STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOILING WATER AND INTO THE SAUCE, (RESERVE A LADLE OF THE PASTA WATER)
ADD THE SPINACH,
ADD THE LADLE OF THE BOILING WATER (THIS WORKS AS A STOCK)
COOK FOR FIVE MINUTES OR UNTIL WATER HAS EVAPORATED A LITTLE AS YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR PASTA MOIST AND JUICY SO DON’T DRY IT OUT
SERVE WITH PARMESAN AND A GLASS OF PINOT GRIGIO VINO!!!!!
ONE POT, AND A FEW INGREDIENTS – NO FUSS NO MESS! Serves two!
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