Chorizo & Prawn Pasta – Quick Spicy


Chorizo & Prawn Pasta - Quick Spicy in white bowl with pasta twirled around a silver forkThis quick and easy spicy chorizo and prawn pasta is just too easy to knock together for a quick lunch or dinner and is ready to eat in under 30 minutes! Chorizo, chilli, butter, garlic, olive oil  and lemon juice form the delicious coating for the pasta.

Chorizo sausage  is a fabulous freezer standby as its smoky spiciness, 100% pork, smoked paprika and garlic add incredible flavour to dishes, just like in this pasta dish. Peeled green prawns are another fantastic freezer standby as they thaw in minutes.

Chorizo & Prawn Pasta - Quick Spicy - garlic and chilli in silver panChorizo, garlic and chilli frying

Our freezer is filled with quick standby proteins that with a little bit of meal planning can be thawed ahead and ready to cook without having to go to the supermarket. Got to love that!

Check out our fabulous puttanesca pasta sauce  for another quick and oh so tasty pasta dish knocked together and ready to serve in less than 30 minutes.


Chorizo & Prawn Pasta - Quick Spicy prawns, zest and lemon juice added to frying pan
Fresh prawns, butter, zest and lemon juice added to frying pan


Parsley added to frying pan with pasta, prawns, chorizo, garlic, lemon zest and chilli
Lastly add the parsley and give a quick toss
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Chorizo & Prawn Pasta -Quick Spicy

  • Author: Jo
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 chorizo sausages sliced thinly ( about 10 oz / 300 grams)
  • 3 fat cloves of garlic peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 long red chili finely chopped – seeds optional
  • 10 oz (300 grams) raw peeled prawns – sliced or left whole
  • 3 oz (80 grams) butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 14 oz (400 grams) dried spaghetti
  • fresh ground black pepper


  • Put large pot of water onto boil and cook spaghetti according to manufacturers instructions for 2 minutes less than recommended time
  • Place olive oil in frypan over medium heat and add chorizo cook on one side till brown and turn over
  • Add sliced garlic and chilli, stirring for a minute
  • Add fresh prawns, butter, zest and lemon juice stirring for 2 minutes
  • Strain cooked spaghetti keeping half a cup of the pasta water
  • Add pasta, pasta water and parsley to spaghetti tossing to cook for 2 minutes
  • Add a good grind of black pepper and serve


  • Pasta water is a great addition as the salty, starchy water helps to bring all the flavours together and finishes off cooking the spaghetti so you don’t overcook it.
  • Sliced chorizo in the freezer is a handy standby to add to other pasta dishes like tomato based sauces and imparts a fabulous flavour.
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Quick
  • Cuisine: Spanish/Italian

Keywords: spicy chorizo prawn pasta

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  1. Quick and easy yet very delicious!!…A nice piece of rustic bread to soak up the juice from the chorizo would be really yummy too.
    Will definitely be making again !!!

    1. Avatar Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Rachel, we’re thrilled you enjoyed the Chorizo and Prawn Pasta. We absolutely agree with the rustic bread addition, it’s a sin to leave those juices behind. Thanks for sharing. Jo and Jen

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