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Mama Rosa’s Prawn Pasta with Russian Vodka infused Arrabiata Sauce

Try Mark's Prawn Pasta with Russian Vodka infused Arrabiata Sauce from week 4 of COME DINE WITH ME AUSTRALIA series 2.


  • 15 x Green Prawns, peeled & marinated

  • 500g dried spaghetti

  • 3 fresh red chillies

  • 6 Tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced

  • Small bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked, stalks finely chopped

  • 4 anchovy fillets

  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 shots Russian Vodka

  • 1 lemon

  • Prawn Marinade

  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped

  • 4 red chilli’s, chopped

  • 60 ml Olive Oil

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • Alexander the Great salad

  • Mixed green leaves

  • 100g Greek Fetta Cheese

  • 1 tbls mustard

  • 45 ml olive oil

  • 45 ml lemon juice

  • salt & pepper to taste


  • 1.

    Prick the chillies 6 to 8 times with a small sharp knife

  • 2.

    Put a large frying pan over a medium heat; add the olive oil and chillies & let cook slowly for 5 minutes

  • 3.

    Turn the heat up to high; add the garlic, parsley stalks and anchovies

  • 4.

    Constantly stirring, once the garlic starts to take on some colour, add the tinned tomatoes and season with salt and pepper

  • 5.

    Bring this mixture to the boil and add vodka

  • 6.

    Turn the heat down so the sauce simmers

  • 7.

    Gently breakdown the chilli’s with a wooden spoon to release more of their flavour into the sauce

  • 8.

    Add prawns to sauce

  • 9.

    Add pasta to a pot of boiling salted water and cook according to the packet instructions

  • 10.

    Drain in a colander, then immediately toss the pasta in the sauce

  • 11.

    Roughly chop the reserved parsley leaves and sprinkle them over your pasta

  • 12.

    Finely grate the lemon zest over the top, then squeeze in the juice, making sure you catch any pips in your hands

  • 13.

    Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil to finish it off, serve immediately

  • Prawn Marinade:

  • 1.

    Shell & clean prawns

  • 2.

    In a small bowl combine the garlic, red chillis and olive oil

  • 3.

    Add salt and pepper to taste

  • 4.

    Add prawns and leave to marinate for approx 1hour

  • 5.

    Heat olive oil in pan and cook prawns for approx 1 minute either side

  • Alexander the Great salad:

  • 1.

    Wash green leaves and add to a salad bowl

  • 2.

    Crumble Fetta and toss through leaves

  • 3.

    Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour Dressing over salad

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