Bacon, leek & prawns angel hair pasta

Google: “Angel hair is a very thin variety of Italian pasta. Like spaghetti, it is rod-shaped, in the form of long strands. Angel Hair is often referred to its Italian name, ‘Capelli d’Angelo’. Best with delicate cream or tomato-based sauces.”

I know the combination of flavours was great, and vegetables are cheap. You can buy very high-quality frozen prawns in supermarkets these days (thaw before using), so it’s a win-win situation, however if you can get hold of some super-fresh ones and peel them yourself this can all of a sudden become very luxurious in flavour. A real family-pleaser. Finish off with butter sauce and caramelised mushrooms full of flavour and you’ll be smiling.

Who is hungry? Want some? My meal is delicious, comfort, and satisfying. Serve with chili flakes and a glass of white wine. Let’s cook!!!


450 g angel hair
2 cloves garlic, minced
400 g peeled raw prawns , from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger
180 g diced bacon
2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
1 small wine glass white wine
a handful basil, tear leaves
3 Tbs olive oil
60 g butter
1/2 lemon, zested
chilli flakes
sea salt
black pepper


Cook your angel hair in a large pot of salted boiling water until tender. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Meanwhile, peel and minced garlic. Heat 1 Tbs olive oil in a large frying pan, then toss in the garlic and cook until translucent. As the garlic begins to colour, and sauté them for about 2 minutes. Add leeks cook for about 4-5 minutes. Then bacon 30 g butter, 2 Tbs oil, lemon zest, and white wine, and simmer for a couple of minutes.

Roughly tear basil. When the pasta is ready, drain it in a colander. Toss angel hair into cooked bacon and leek; add remaining butter and half tear basil, adding a little of the reserved cooking water if you want to loosen the sauce a bit, and correct the seasoning with sea salt and black pepper.

Divide between 4 plates and sprinkle chili flakes. Serve with a glass of white wine.

Note: You can add carrots, cherries tomatoes or any vegetables of your choice. You can omit chili flakes. You might want to use less butter. You can add anchovy instead of bacon.