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Angus's Spaghetti Shrimp with Turkish Red Pepper Flakes infused Olive Oil – Angus'un Karidesli, Kirmizi Biberli Makarnasi

My husband Angus makes an incredible shrimp spaghetti using Turkish red pepper flakes and he kindly let me share his wonderful and easy to prepare recipe with you. He infuses the smoky Turkish red pepper flakes in olive oil, which adds an amazing flavor to the shrimps. I always, always look forward to his shrimp spaghetti!

If you can’t get hold of Turkish red pepper flakes (preferably Aleppo), substitute with hot chili flakes. Make it as fiery as you like!

Serves 2 generously

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

280 gr / 10 ounce spaghetti
225 gr / 1/2 lb raw king prawns, shelled
4-5 tablespoons olive oil
1 heaped teaspoon of Turkish red pepper flakes

Thinly shaved Pecorino Romano to serve

Cook the spaghetti in plenty of lightly salted boiling water until a minute before it is al dente (please refer to the cooking time on the pasta’s packaging). Drain the water and set aside the pasta in the colander.

Heat the olive oil in the pasta pan on a medium heat and add the red pepper flakes. Stir gently and let the red pepper flakes infuse to the olive oil for about 30 seconds (avoid cooking longer as the red pepper flakes go black and can burn quickly). Add the shrimps and stir fry for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat, combine the cooked spaghetti with the shrimps and mix well for a minute. Make sure all the spaghetti is well coated with the olive oil infused red pepper flakes and the shrimp.

Transfer the pasta to a warmed serving bowl and serve with shaved Pecorino Romano cheese over the top. A green leafy salad with a simple lemon dressing goes very well with this dish.

3 Responses to Angus's Spaghetti Shrimp with Turkish Red Pepper Flakes infused Olive Oil – Angus'un Karidesli, Kirmizi Biberli Makarnasi

  1. Anonymous June 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I find your blog today, and I tried this recipe at home. You are right. The spaghetti is so delicious. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. Patrick Harpur November 27, 2021 at 10:06 pm #

    Great recipe, easy to prepare and delicious,
    Best wishes to Angus,
    Ozlem, your interpretations and style are magnificent.
    A devoted fan of your cooking and sometime pupil in Knightsbridge.

    • Ozlem Warren November 30, 2021 at 1:38 pm #

      Dear Patrick,
      Thank you so much for your kind note – so delighted to hear you are enjoying my recipes, our best wishes back to you – Afiyet olsun, Ozlem

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