Pasta with Crayfish and Rocket

Posted By Kerri


I’m the sort of person who likes to plan. I’m not very good at spontaneity, especially when it comes to food. I like to know what I’m going to be eating in advance, preferably a couple of days if possible. I know lots of people would be horrified by this approach but, where food is concerned, I’m a bit of a control freak. As a result of this, we tend to plan menus about a week in advance leaving a little room for movement and always with the understanding that something can be thrown into the freezer if necessary.

The Easter weekend however has left us a little less organised than usual and today we didn’t have a plan. We talked through a couple of options last night and decided on pasta, possibly with some combination of anchovies and capers but when I arrived at Waitrose and saw crayfish, I changed my mind. I suppose you could call this planning as the final dish wasn’t that different to what I originally had in mind but without a vague idea, I would have been wandering around Waitrose without a clue what to buy.

Anyway, after all that waffling, I’m pleased to say this turned out well. It was really quick too. I sliced a chilli and fried it in some olive oil before adding some halved cherry tomatoes. Leave to bubble for a couple of minutes before adding the crayfish and the juice of a lemon. Once this has warmed through (about 2-3 minutes), stir into the drained pasta and add rocket, black pepper and parmesan.

This was quite a mild chilli so it just leant a gentle, backround heat that didn’t overpower the delicate fish. The rocket was peppery, as rocket normally is, which provided another interesting flavour level.

Apr 15th, 2009

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  1. Mrs Ergül said,

    HmmmmHHH I love it when unplanned meals turn out great!This is one of them!

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  2. Cool pasta dish!!

    Yummy crayfish, nice blog!

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  3. Sylvie said,

    My weeks also work out much better with some dinner planning. I usually come up with ideas before going shopping too. Otherwise I find I just buy random things and end up wasting some. Of course as you said there is always room for changes and I don’t stick to things rigorously. The pasta looks wonderful, such lovely colours and falvours on one plate.

    Sylvie’s last blog post..Sausage and Potato Goulash

  4. Lizzie said,

    I absolutely cannot walk around a supermarket without a shopping list or at least a list in my head. Havoc will reign, and I end up with a bag of completely random ingredients and a hefty bill.

    This looks great – never thought to use crayfish.

    Lizzie’s last blog post..Making Mayonnaise

  5. Helen said,

    ooh pretty pretty! I must admit I haven’t eaten crayfish since a rather nasty incident involving a sandwich a few years back. i really should give them another go. I know I said it before but, they look so pretty!

    Helen’s last blog post..Sake Tasting at Tsuru

  6. Kerri said,

    Thanks all 🙂

    There definitely is less waste when you plan, Sylvie, you’re right.

    And yes, it can be expensive without a list, Lizzie.

    I can’t eat prawns for the same reason, Helen but someone convinced myself that crayfish was OK 🙂

  7. I am a bit of a pre planner as well – without a plan I tend to make the same sort of thing all the time. I am very impressed by this crayfish pasta though – looks fantastic.

    Gourmet Chick’s last blog post..Djemaa al Fna (Gourmet Chick in Morocco)

  8. Jeanne said,

    Oh, I’m so with you on the planner thing. A plan and a list is all that stands between me and total anarchy… Love this pasta – definitely boookmarking it.

    Jeanne’s last blog post..Nectarine & ginger tarte tatin

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