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It’s hard to believe this delicate but hearty creamy garlic Prawn Pasta takes just 10 MINUTES before it’s on your plate.

Simplicity at its finest – a totally satisfying midweek dinner that’s healthy, easy and utterly delicious. All hail quick pasta dishes for the win!

Easy prawn pasta recipe with creamy garlic sauce.

This might be about to become a firm favourite on your family’s weekly meal plans. It’s not fussy in the slightest but has an air of something a little ✨ fancy ✨. 

The combination of a creamy sauce with the prawns and spaghetti is what elevates such a simple and unassuming dish. 

We all need a go-to pasta recipe most weeks (some of us more than once!), so this is a perfect dish when you’ve had your fill of the usual meatier meals. 

What we’re talking about here is a pile of frozen prawns, a couple of portions of vegetables and a rich, creamy (shortcut, of course!) sauce. Mix up with spaghetti and you’re away. I hope you love it as much as we do.

Why you’ll love this Prawn Pasta recipe

⭐️ Ready in 10 MINUTES

⭐️ Includes 2 portions of vegetables

⭐️ Feels a little… luxurious!

Easy Creamy Prawn Pasta recipe with garlic sauce in 10 minutes.

About this Creamy Garlic Prawn Pasta recipe

Prawns are such a versatile ingredient and perfect for families because they don’t cost too much, their fishy flavour isn’t overbearing, you can buy them cooked, they’re healthy and they have a good, meaty consistency. 

They are perfect for curries, tacos, in tapas, as starters, in salads, and much more besides.

What’s great about throwing them into a quick pasta dish is how quickly they cook, especially if they’re already cooked. We’re essentially just heating them up (and you definitely don’t want to overcook them), so they’re very much ideal for a 10 minute meal.

Prawn Pasta Ingredients

Prawn Spaghetti ingredients from Aldi.
  • Spaghetti 
  • Oil – Olive oil or sunflower is fine
  • Courgettes
  • Garlic – Use fresh of frozen/jar/tube
  • Frozen king prawns – I cook from frozen but you can use any type (just adjust cooking times accordingly)
  • Frozen peas
  • Soft cheese – Garlic and herb variety. This is our secret weapon! A perfect flavour-packed shortcut
  • Lemon – Zest and juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to make Prawn Pasta

  1. Put your pasta on to boil according to the packet instructions. 
  2. Fry the courgettes and garlic in hot oil for 2-3 minutes until softening, then add the prawns.
  3. Add the peas to the pasta water 3 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Drain and reserve some water.
  4. Add the peas and pasta to the courgettes and prawns, followed by the cream cheese and lemon juice and zest. Mix well and add the reserved water if needed.


  • To make this a vegetarian dish – Replace the prawns with your favourite vegetarian protein alternative.
  • Type of pasta – You can make this as a prawn linguine if you prefer, or whatever pasta you have in or like.

Reheating Prawn Pasta

In the fridge This is fine to be eaten either cold or reheated well the next day (make sure it’s piping hot) but it will be a little dry once the ‘sauce’ soaks into the pasta, so it won’t be at its best as it is fresh. Add a drop of water before reheating.

In the freezer I’m not a big fan of freezing pasta as it can go quite mushy when defrosted and reheated. I also wouldn’t recommend re-freezing prawns that have already been frozen.

Creamy Garlic Prawn Pasta FAQs

Can I use reduced fat soft cheese?

Yes, I’ve found that it doesn’t make much difference to the ‘sauce’. But be sure to use a flavoured type of soft cheese here as it’s the shortcut to heaps of added flavour.

Do you have any other family friendly fish recipes?

Sure, I have lots. If you’re trying to introduce it a little more to beginners, I would recommend my Easy Fish Pie, Classic Tuna Pasta Salad, Salmon Burgers or my Homemade Fish Fingers.

You could also go for my Salmon Fish Fingers, Cajun Salmon Tacos, Prawn Tacos and Easy Fish Stew.

Let me know how you got on and what you thought of these recipes. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ below.

Also I’d LOVE to see your cooking creations. If you’d like to share yours with me, you can tag me on Instagram (@tamingtwins).

5 from 29 votes

Prawn Pasta {10 Minute Meal}

This creamy Prawn Pasta recipe is so simple to make and uses a clever shortcut to pack in heaps of flavour in just 10 minutes.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4 People


  • 250 g Spaghetti
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 2 Courgettes, Chopped.
  • 3 tsp Garlic
  • 360 g Frozen king prawns
  • 150 g Frozen peas
  • 350 g Garlic and herb soft cheese
  • 1 Lemon, Juice and zest.
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Put your pasta on to boil according to the pack instructions.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the courgettes and garlic, fry for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften.
  • Add in the prawns and fry until cooked through.
  • Add the peas to the boiling pasta 3 minutes before the end of the cooking time. (RESERVE SOME OF THE COOKING WATER!)
  • Add the drained pasta and peas to the courgettes and prawns. Add the cream cheese and the zest and juice of the lemon.
  • Mix everything really well. If you want the sauce to be more liquid, add some of the reserved cooking water and serve immediately.


Calories: 539kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 31gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 838mgPotassium: 851mgFiber: 6gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1134IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 227mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for tea tonight. My children scored it 5 out of 5! I used orzo instead of spaghetti. So tasty and so quick! Thank you