Rachel Roddy’s fresh capelli d’angelo with prawns and lemon recipe

Prawn pasta
8:33am, Wed 21 Jul 2021
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“As far back as the 16th century, in a town called Campofilone in Le Marche, maccheroncini – remember that for centuries the word maccheroni was the generic term for all pasta – was described as so thin, it was like angel hair,” explains food writer Rachel Roddy.

“Nowadays, Maccheroncini di Campofilione is protected by an Indicazione Geografica Protetta or IGP (PDO – protected designation of origin in English), which defines how it’s made and in which specific area geographically.

“This recipe is inspired by a dish served at an elegant fish restaurant called Chalet Galileo, whose windows open on to an almost white beach in Civitanova in the region of Le Marche. Prawns cooked swiftly in olive oil, with white wine and scented with lemon zest, are netted for the second time in fresh egg pasta,” Roddy adds. “Cooking times for the prawns and the pasta are brief, so the dish comes together incredibly quickly. A bright, swift tangle of a supper.”

Rachel Roddy’s resh capelli d’angelo with prawns and lemon

Ingredients:(Serves 4)

Olive oil1 small clove of garlic, peeled and slicedA pinch of red chilli flakes400g small prawns, peeled120ml dry white wineSalt400g fresh egg pasta, cut to approx.1mm thick, alternatively tagliolini or spaghettiniZest of 1 lemon1 heaped tsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil for the pasta.

2. In a large frying pan, warm the oil, garlic and chilli gently to infuse the oil. Add the prawns, stir, then raise the heat, add the wine and a pinch of salt and allow to bubble for three minutes while you cook the pasta – which will only take a minute or so.

3. Drain the pasta, or lift directly into the prawn pan, add the lemon zest and parsley, then toss for the last time, and serve.

An A-Z Of Pasta: Stories, Shapes, Sauces, Recipes by Rachel Roddy is published by Fig Tree, priced £25. Photography by Jonathan Lovekin. Available now.

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