Source: The Culinary Institute of America | Category: Entrees, Marinades, Vinaigrettes

Lemon Basil Canola Oil Over Grilled Prawns And Pasta

Recipe developed at The Culinary Institute of America by Chef Instructor Almir DaFonseca.

Lemon Basil Canola Oil Over Grilled Prawns And Pasta

Ingredients

  • Marinade
  • 2 Tbsp thyme, finely chopped 30 mL 
  • 3 Tbsp basil, finely chopped 45 mL 
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped 30 mL 
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, finely chopped 15 mL 
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, finely chopped 10 mL 
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil 375 mL
  • 18 prawns, 21 to 25 count or larger, peeled and deveined
  • 18 asparagus spears
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 2 mL
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, freshly cracked 1 mL
  • Lemon-Basil Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil 375 mL
  • 2 bunches basil leaves
  • 1 bunch spinach leaves 
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest 30 mL 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 2 mL
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, freshly cracked 1 mL
  • Pasta
  • 2 lb dried, high-quality capellini 1 kg 
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, washed and cut into halves 500 mL
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced paper thin 
  • 1/3 cup basil chiffonade 75 mL
  • 2 cups baby arugula leaves, washed and dried 500 mL
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 2 mL
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, freshly cracked 1 mL
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino cheese, grated 125 mL

Instructions

  • 1. For marinade: In blender, add herbs, garlic, lemon zest and canola oil; process until smooth.  

  • 2. In bowl, pour 80 percent of marinade over prawns and gently toss to coat well. Place in resealable bag and refrigerate for minimum 30 minutes or overnight. Toss remaining marinade over asparagus and reserve. 

  • 3. At cooking time, remove prawns from marinade and drain for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper and grill prawns over hot charcoal or wood grill about 2 minutes on each side.  

  • 4. Grill marinated asparagus for about 4 minutes or until just cooked (al dente). Cut asparagus about 3 inches from tips and reserve for garnish; thinly slice the rest. 

  • 5. For Lemon-Basil Canola Oil: In pot with boiling salted water, blanch basil and spinach until bright green. Remove from boiling water and place in ice bath to chill quickly; drain and squeeze out excess water. In blender, add canola oil, basil, spinach, zest, salt and pepper and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning. Strain through fine strainer and reserve for service.  

  • 6. For pasta: In bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, sliced asparagus, red onions, basil and arugula; set aside. 

  • 7. In pot, cook pasta in boiling salted water about 7 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Do not overcook pasta and do not rinse. Remove pasta from water and add to bowl with vegetables; toss gently. If necessary, add a few drops of hot cooking water so dish remains moist. 

  • 8. To serve, place portion of pasta in center of plate and add three shrimp and three asparagus tips over top. Drizzle with Lemon-Basil Canola Oil over top and sprinkle with grated Pecorino cheese.

Yield

8 servings

serving size

1 cup (250 mL)

nutritional analysis

Per Serving

Calories630
Total Fat21 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Cholesterol30 mg
Carbohydrates89 g
Fiber5 g
Protein21 g
Sodium365 mg