Prawns in tomato sauce

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 18.09.24Gamberoni al pomodoro 

Dig into these prawns in tomato sauce with your fingers, keeping a finger bowl filled with water close to hand so things don’t get too messy. Serve with fresh, rustic bread or pasta to make more substantial.

 Serves Preparation 5 minutes  Cooking 15 minutes

500g fresh, raw, shell-on large prawns

2 tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic, peeled, chopped

100ml passata

sea salt and freshly milled black pepper

5 leaves of fresh basil, torn into small pieces

Give the prawns a quick rinse in cold fresh water and then pat them dry. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep frying pan with the garlic. Fry for about 5 minutes, then add the passata and stir.

Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes, then add the prawns and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

Stir constantly, and cook the prawns over a high heat for about 5 minutes, depending upon how large they are. Cover with a lid and take off the heat.

Leave to stand for about 3 minutes, then tip out onto a platter, sprinkle with the basil and serve immediately or once cooled to room temperature.