Now even though the weather seems to have decided otherwise it is actually Summer here in Ireland and as such that means it is time for me to break out the BBQ.
If there is one thing that every good BBQ needs to really tip it over the edge it is pasta salad…
Yeah, yeah I know what you are thinking how old school and boring can you get but I love pasta salads.
As for being boring my spicy shrimp pasta salad is anything but!
500g fusilli or farfalle pasta
200g shrimp (shells and heads removed)
2 red bell peppers
1 piri piri chilli (you can use a jalapeno if you like)
1 large dill pickle
Good quality full fat mayonnaise (I make my own but you don’t have to)
Heinz tomato ketchup
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp cognac/brandy
2tsp Smokey Paprika powder
1tsp Cayenne pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook the pasta, drain and set aside to cool
Cook your shrimp and leave to cool (if you are tight for time this is one of the only times I would advocate those bags of frozen shrimp)
Deseed and chop your bell peppers into 1/4 inch cubes
Finely chop the dill pickle
Combine together equal amounts of ketchup and mayonnaise with the cayenne pepper, paprika, lime juice, chopped chilli and brandy and mix until you have a light pink coloured sauce with a nice smooth consistency.
Add the pickle, bell pepper and shrimp to the pasta and mix together well, then pour over the sauce and make sure everything is well coated.