Friday, May 22, 2020


Today is Day 67 of the community quarantine, it has been 67 days since the lockdown, and as usual things are still going crazy not just here in my place but around the world. So, to divert all the negativity around me I occupied myself on things I can do in the house especially in the kitchen. It's TGIF and the usual Fridays before the lockdown was trying to find time after work to go out with friends or family over dinner or drinks. 

It's Pasta Friday in the house for lunch and I made this Creamy Prawns Pesto Pasta using McCormick Pesto Sauce Mix, with the limited resources for the pesto sauce I resulted in using this sauce mix and it ended up quite good! 

1. 300 grams prawns (shelled and deveined)
2. 300 grams spaghetti pasta (boiled until Al dente)
4. 8 cloves minced garlic 
5. 1 whole white onion chopped
6. Extra Virgin olive oil (amount depends on your preference)
7. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
8. 1 cup all-purpose cream
9. fresh basil leaves for garnishing
10. salt and pepper to taste

-Boil pasta until Al dente around 6-8 minutes, drain and set aside half a cup of the pasta water that will be used for dissolving the pasta sauce mix instead of plain water. 
-Sautee garlic and onion in olive oil and butter until caramelized.
-Add prawns and stir fry it in oil, garlic, and onions, for 3minutes, add the basil leaves immediately remove from heat, and set aside.
-Pour the dissolved pasta sauce mix into the pan, using the whisk to stir, add salt and pepper. Adjust to your preference. 
-Add the all-purpose cream and bring it to a boil then simmer until the sauce thickens. 
-Add the pasta noodles, do not over stir.

Plate the pasta topped it with prawns and basil leaves. You can add any available cheese you have, But I prefer plain as it is. I also drizzled more olive oil upon serving. 

Cooking time + preparation time: 40-45 minutes
Expenses: $30/Php600 
Serves: 6 
Paired with unsweetened pineapple juice with chia seeds with lots of ice! 

With the limited resources available we can rely on using instant sauce mixes for our dishes, and this McCormick pasta sauce mix impressed me!

Did you cook any pasta dish lately? 


  1. I love seafood pasta dishes! This look delicious. My husband doesn't eat too much shellfish because it gives him a stomach ache, but I may have to make this for myself :-)

  2. I never see prawns in the grocery stores. this looks so yummy!

  3. Pasta dishes are always easy, quick and delicious, but the best part is that they make you feel good. I had pasta twice this week!

  4. Basil and prawns are so good together! I should make it for my family too!

  5. So easy to make and delicious. Love the combination of shrimp and basil. The drink suggestion sounds yummy. Unsweetened pineaapple juice and chia seeds. Amazing. Have to try that! Thanks

  6. I have never tried pesto in a sauce like this, but I have tried it before. It is quite delicious.

  7. Oh my goodness, when you're actually keeping track and counting, 67 days feels like an eternity! This sounds like the perfect recipe to get out of the slump and enjoy something that feels a bit luxurious.

  8. This pesto sauce sounds delicious I love that we can put together pasta with few ingredients and so yum too.

  9. Yum! This Creamy Prawns Pesto Pasta is making me super hungry that I could hear my tummy growl! This is perfect for me.

  10. Your pasta looks amazing. We recently did spaghetti Bologna as my kids love them. They don't seem to enjoy cream based as much as tomato based pasta.

  11. Looks very appetizing! I think I can finally try to cook with this easy recipe, thank you!

  12. This looks amazing! I will try it for dinner this week!

  13. This looks amazing! I will try it for dinner this week!

  14. What a delicious dish! I tried mixing the pesto sauce with canned tuna and cheese. I would love to try your recipe!


  15. This looks great! Pasta is one of my favorites!

  16. wow it is an amazing combination...just love Pasta...this looks so tasty and delicious..and as it is much easy to make so surely gonna try....(World in Eyes)

  17. Just reading this made me hungry o.o I will have to try it out!

  18. Your pasta looks so good! I've been cooking pasta at home, too! I have pesto cheese spread here. I hope this will work.

  19. This week I want to cook some pasta! You've inspired me. Perhaps I'll have to add some shrimp to my pasta.

  20. Wow! I've been craving for pesto pasta for days now. And you made it super easy to do on which, I guess, I should give in on my cravings. Gotta cook now! Stay safe.

  21. This looks so tasty. I've never tried prawns with pasta before!!

    Louise x

  22. This looks really yummy! I have to try out this recipe!

  23. This looks delicious and I like how you styled the toppings for the paste. I will try this, thank you for sharing it!

  24. The prawns look yummylicious and the recipe seems easy to prepare. Something I will definitely try out.