Filed Under: Dinner, Food, Less than 30 Minutes, Prawns, Recipe

B.C. Spot Prawns, Fava Beans and Asparagus Tagliatelle

This impressive first-of-the-season meal highlights the flavour of prawns. Make sure you have everything prepped in advance because this dish takes just five minutes to cook!

May 17th, 2013

Recipe by LeeAnne Wright
From the print edition, May 2013

Cook Time
Total time: 20 Minutes
  • ⅓ cup white wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup white wine
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken stock
  • ⅓ cup 35% cream
  • ¼ cup butter, plus 1 tbsp for cooking
  • ¾ lb tagliatelle pasta
  • 1 ½ cups peeled fava beans
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ lb peeled spot prawns
  • 2 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp finely chopped grated lemon zest
  • 1–2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped chives
  1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine white wine vinegar, white wine, chicken stock and cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly to prevent boiling over and continue to cook until sauce has reduced by half to 1 cup, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/4 cup butter and set aside.

  2. In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. In the last minute of boiling, add fava beans and asparagus to pasta pot.

  3. Meanwhile, place a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat; when skillet is hot, add 1 tablespoon butter and swirl to coat bottom. Add prawns and tomatoes to skillet and cook 2 minutes or until prawns are curled and pink.

  4. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain pasta and vegetables and immediately add to skillet. Add prepared sauce, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, parsley and chives to skillet and toss to coat pasta. Add a splash of reserved water if required. Taste and add more lemon juice if desired.

Nutrients Per Serving

553 calories, 18 g fat, 115 mg calcium, 518 mg sodium, 65 g carbohydrates, 11 g fibre, 30 g protein. Excellent source of vitamins A, B12 and K, thiamine, niacin, folate, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc; very high source of fibre; source of vitamins C and D and calcium.

B.C. Spot Prawns, Fava Beans and Asparagus Tagliatelle
Photography By Michael Graydon