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Quick pumpkin and prawn laksa

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Forget takeaway when in less than 30 minutes you can prep, cook and have this tasty quick pumpkin and prawn laksa on the table.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time15 minutes
  • Prep time10 minutes, + 5 mins soaking time
Quick pumpkin and prawn laksa


  • ⅓ cup (100g) laksa paste
  • 1 tbs finely grated ginger
  • ½ stem lemongrass, coarsely chopped
  • 4 lime leaves, coarsely torn
  • 600g butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeded, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 2 cups (500ml) salt-reduced fish or chicken stock
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 600g raw prawns, peeled leaving tails intact, deveined
  • 1 bunch choy sum, trimmed
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 100g dried rice stick noodles
  • Bean sprouts, to serve
  • Coriander leaves, to serve
  • Mint leaves, to serve
  • Thinly sliced spring onion, to serve

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  1. Step 1

    Heat a large saucepan over high heat. Add the laksa paste and cook, stirring, for 1 min or until aromatic. Add ginger, lemongrass and lime leaf and cook, stirring, for 30 secs. Add the pumpkin, stock, coconut milk and 2 cups (500ml) water. Bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 mins or until pumpkin is tender.
  2. Step 2

    Add prawns to the pumpkin mixture and cook for 3 mins or until the prawns curl and change colour. Stir in choy sum. Remove from heat. Add lime juice, sugar and fish sauce. Stir to combine.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, place the noodles in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 5 mins to soak. Drain well.
  4. Step 4

    Divide the noodles among serving bowls. Ladle over the soup. Top with bean sprouts, coriander, mint and spring onion. Serve immediately.