This probably should be called Aunty Sandra’s Seafood and Spinach Spaghetti, because it has been heavily influenced by a dish which my sister once made for our family. It has, however, mutated over the years and so I’ll stick with the rather simpler title, and give you the recipe as I always make it.

I usually use a 350g bag of frozen, mixed seafood, and supplement it with a handful of prawns. Assuming that the seafood has been defrosted, the whole meal takes about 15 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients (serves 4-5 adults):

  • 500g fresh spinach
  • 500g cooked mixed seafood
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large squirt garlic puree
  • 1 tsp chili sauce (eg Tabasco)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 150ml sour cream
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 300g dried spaghetti or linguine
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges to serve

Method:

Start by putting the pasta on to boil. Then get on with wilting the spinach; cram it all into a big pot with about a teaspoon of water, cover and heat gently. Every couple of minutes give it a good stir, and watch as it collapses to the bottom of the pan and reduces to about 20% of its original volume – it should take about 5 o 6 minutes. When it’s done, drain well (you don’t want watery pasta!) and chop into little pieces.

Meanwhile fry the seafood in a pan with the oil, garilc puree and chili sauce. Add half the lemon juice and allow to simmer for a couple of minutes.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and stir in the sour cream and dill. Add the seafood and spinach, sprinkle on the rest of the lemon juice, and stir it all up. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

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