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Prawns à la Mediterranea

Dive into a Mediterranean culinary adventure with these delectable Prawns à la Mediterranea. This dish is a celebration of simplicity and flavor, woven into a meal that is both heartwarming and sophisticated. The soft texture of the pasta, combined with the juicy prawns and the creamy herb cheese, creates a harmony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. The addition of fresh cherry tomatoes and a hint of spiciness from the cayenne pepper adds a fresh and tangy nuance that takes the dish to the next level. Whether it’s a cozy dinner for two or a festive meal with friends and family, these Prawns à la Mediterranea is sure to be a crowd-pleaser that will put a smile on everyone’s face. Savor the essence of the Mediterranean in every bite and be swept away by the rich and satisfying flavors this dish has to offer.
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main course
Cuisine: Belgian, Italian
Keyword: Cherry tomatoes, Gamba, herb cheese, Mediterranean, pasta
Servings: 5
Calories: 624kcal



Preparing prawns:

  • Peel the prawns and set the peeled prawns aside, keep cool.
  • Place the remaining peels in a saucepan, cover with water and reduce for 20 minutes. Mix briefly after 15 minutes and cook for another 5 minutes to extract the maximum flavor for your stock.
  • Strain the mixture, reserve the liquid, and let it reduce. Divide the liquid into two parts: half a liter for the sauce and the rest for cooking the pasta.

Preparing Sauce:

  • Sauté the minced garlic and onions in a wide, large pan with a little butter.
  • After a few minutes, add a few small ladles of stock and reduce for 2 minutes.
  • Add the Heinz Frito and herb cheese, stir well. Add extra stock as needed to achieve desired consistency.
  • Add the prawns and season with salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and add to the pan.
  • Cooking Pasta:
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook the pasta in the remaining prawn liquid until al dente.
  • Drain and add to the pan with the sauce.


  • Mix everything well and finish with fresh parsley.
  • Divide between plates and enjoy!



Spaghetti, capellini, tagliatelli, … Pick your favorite.


In this recipe, I used a classic herb cheese, but feel free to experiment with different types. A herb cheese will usually result in a smooth flavor, while a blue cheese will provide a more pronounced flavor.

Tomato paste

You can choose between Heinz Frito or a classic concentrated tomato paste. Both options are possible, but my preference is for Heinz Frito because this sauce has a more pronounced flavor than a classic concentrated tomato paste.


Peeling the prawns and making the fonds can be quite time-consuming in this recipe. A quicker alternative could be to use already peeled shrimp and a lobster paste as a substitute for the fund.


You can give an extra party touch by placing a few prawns unpeeled at the top of the dish.


Calories: 624kcal
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