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Spaghetti with Fresh Peas, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Garlicky Prawns

Fresh peas are packed with flavor

Fresh peas are packed with flavor

We are a big fan of peas in our family and I especially love fresh peas. They are packed with flavor and their brightness and sweetness are so inviting. Peas work particularly well in “Zeytinyaglis”,”Vegetables Cooked in Olive Oil” in Turkish Cuisine, like in this Baby Artichokes Poached in Olive Oil with Peas, Carrots and Almonds. Dressed with olive oil and lemon juice, they are not only very healthy but also very refreshing, a joy to eat during summer time and can be kept in fridge 2-3 days.

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Artichokes poached in olive oil with peas, carrots and almonds; peas work delicious here too.

I was delighted to see some delicious recipes showcasing fresh peas by one of my favorite chefs & food writer Stevie Parle and our menu was set; Spaghetti with fresh peas, sun dried tomatoes and shrimp. Good tips from Stevie when buying fresh peas; look for pods that are silky-soft, shiny and green; the peas within will not have split yet and should be small, soft and sweet. When they are really good, you can put a bowl of them on the table and you’ll find folks munching away on them with a glass of wine or beer.

Spaghetti with fresh peas, sun dried tomatoes and shrimp

Spaghetti with fresh peas, sun dried tomatoes and shrimp

I added sun dried tomatoes that needed finishing to this recipe; their tangy and sweet flavor worked well with the peas and the garlicky shrimps. I also loved the refreshing lemon zest here and the fact that a freshly cooked delicious meal ready in less than 30 minutes.

Adapted by Stevie Parle’s brown shrimp and pea taglierini 

Serves 3- 4                                            Preparation & Cooking time: 25- 30 minutes

200gr/7 oz. peas

30ml / 2 tbsp. sun dried tomatoes, cut in stripes

1-2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

180gr/ 6 ¼ oz. raw prawns, peeled

Zest of 1 lemon and juice of ½ lemon

250gr/ 8 ½ spaghetti

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Extra virgin olive oil to serve – optional


Shell the peas and rinse well. Bring a pan of salted water to boil.

Stir in the olive oil in a small saucepan and gently fry the garlic until it just begins to color. Add the prawns and season with salt and a little pepper. Stir and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes, then take the heat off and stir in the sun dried tomatoes, lemon zest and juice.

Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in the fresh peas to the boiling water and cook together for a further of 3-4 minutes, until the spaghetti is just cooked. Drain, reserving a little of the pasta water. Pour the shrimp mixture into the pasta and add a dash of cooking water. Mix everything well, check the seasoning then transfer to plates. You can drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over and serve.

Fresh peas in spaghetti with sun dried tomatoes and garlicky shrimp; a delicious and easy meal

Fresh peas in spaghetti with sun dried tomatoes and garlicky prawns; a delicious and easy meal

Afiyet Olsun,




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16 Responses to Spaghetti with Fresh Peas, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Garlicky Prawns

  1. Cuisine de Provence July 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    You make me hungry just by looking at your delicious photo!

    • Ozlem Warren July 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

      thank you Barbara, it was delicious and I loved that it was on the table, ready in less than 30 minutes!

  2. jaz July 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    you will be in texas! have fun and eat some fried catfish!

    • Ozlem Warren July 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      I sure will Jaz, look forward to going back to Texas!:)

  3. senior dogs abroad July 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    [Marked as spam by Antispam Bee | Spam reason: Server IP]
    Özlem, Your cooking class sounds delightful. I’ll have to be a fly on the wall. BTW, I made your stuffed peppers and tomatoes – awesome! My husband salutes you.

    • Ozlem Warren July 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      Merhaba, thank you so much for the feedback; I am over the moon that you two enjoyed the stuffed peppers and tomatoes – please my salutes back to your husband : ) Greatly look forward to teaching at CM Cooking School, you will be with us in spirits; thank you for your kind words.

  4. Peri's Spice Ladle July 3, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    Oh, how wonderful for you to be back in Austin, Ozlem! It’s going to be a nostalgic trip down memory lane! Wish I could have been there:) And I love this simple spaghetti recipe adaptation, summer just calls for such light flavors and colors! Good luck with the class…Hugs, Peri.

    • Ozlem Warren July 3, 2013 at 9:07 am #

      Thank you dear Peri; so look forward to returning to Austin and CM Cooking School, such a special place; many thanks! And fingers crossed, greatly look forward to seeing you!:) This spaghetti was a winner for us too, as you say great refreshing, light flavors, glad you liked it. Ozlem xx

  5. BacktoBodrum July 4, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    I’m going to have to plant peas next year as all the ones I’ve tried on
    the market have been starchy. Nothing so good as a pea freshly picked.

    • Ozlem Warren July 4, 2013 at 8:31 am #

      Good luck; I have plans of growing myself too, nothing like it – they will most probably dissappear as soon as they are picked!:)

  6. Mary@One Perfect Bite July 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    What a lovely pasta. I so appreciated your stopping by my blog. I hope you’ll visit often. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

    • Ozlem Warren July 4, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

      Thank you Mary, it was lovely to find your blog : ) look forward to your new posts!

  7. Ilke July 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    One more cooking class form you would be awesome, Ozlem 🙂 Jay and I remember our time in your class very fondly..and the richness of kunefe and your mom! 🙂 Was so much fun…

    • Ozlem Warren July 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Merhaba Ilke, very kind of you 🙂 It was a pleasure to meet you both, and I love your food too!:)

  8. Phil in the Kitchen July 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Lovely recipe with some beautiful flavours. Fresh peas are a delight and the fresher the better. I’ve not had a chance to plant any this year but there’s always the pick your own farm. That sounds like an excellent menu for the class – I hope everything goes well in Texas.

    • Ozlem Warren July 7, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Thank you Phil – I have my eyes on growing peas too, nothing like home grown! Thank you for your kind wishes for my cookery class in Texas, I greatly look forward to returning to TX : )

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