Thursday, June 25, 2015

King prawns linguine paired with Mandrarossa Viognier

Do you know how to cook a delicious plate of "linguine with gamberi" in the Sicilian way? This is an exquisite dish if you love sea food like me and have the right ingredient: fresh prawns!
Its preparation is pretty straitghtforward but I would suggest to make the sauce at least one hour in advance so that has enough time to set and blend all the flavors

Ingredients for 4 people:
400 gr. linguine
400 gr cooked chopped tomatoes
a pinch of nutmeg
1 clove of garlic
200 gr. king prawns (or any other quality you like)
half glass of white wine
half of a small chilli pepper
a bunch of fresh parsley

1. On a high heat prepare the pot for the linguine with 3/4 of water.
2. In the meantime in a frying pan or a sauce pan pour a drizzle of olive oil and a clove of garlic and leave it for few minutes until the garlic becomes slightly gold.
3. Add the king prawns and after a couple of minutes the half glass of wine and let them cook until the wine is completely reduced.
4. Finally it's the turn of the chopped tomatoes. Mix all together and let the sauce cook for at least 10-15 more minutes adjusting also with salt, sugar, chilli pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. 

5. When the water in the pot is boiling, cook pasta as usual, but don't forget to salt it first. Normally you can find the cooking time on the packet, according to the shape and lenght of pasta. 
If it says 12 minutes, drain it after 10 e mix it in the sauce pan with the sauce for 2-3 more minutes, so that it will continue to cook together with the sauce, just like the picture here on the left. As soon as it's ready, place it on a plate and sprinkle some fresh parsley on top. 

Believe me, it will be one of the most delicate and scented dish of pasta you have ever tasted!

I personally think that the perfect pairing for this recipe is the Mandrarossa white viognier which is called "La Seniè". 
It is a wine with a low percentage of acidity. It is quite structured and highly aromatic. In particular it has aromas of flowers and fruits such as peaches, which make it particularly pleasant and enjoyable to drink.  

Perfect with sea food is also recommended with spicy cuisine. Enjoy!

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