Spaghetti with Crab

Spaghetti with Crab

Spaghetti with Crab

It can be a daunting task. Taking a living creature, dispatching killing it in your preferred manor and cooking it. That is before breaking through it’s tough exterior, removing the “dead man’s fingers” and scooping out as much flesh as you can find. Fresh crab however, is a beautiful thing. Dressed simply, it’s a luxurious treat that, although labour intensive, is actually quite affordable. Tinned crab, although not quite as delicate, can also be put to great use and is a favourite of mine for a quick dinner. No killing, cooking or bashing required – all of the hard work has been done for you. This sauce cooks in less time than it takes the pasta to cook and so it’s the perfect dish to throw together when you come home from a hard day in work. One word of caution however – price really does reflect quality on the tinned crab market, buy the best you can find/afford.

 
Serves 2
 
220g Dried Spaghetti
4 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 clove of Garlic (finely chopped)
1/2 Red Chilli (finely chopped)
1 tsp Salted Capers (rinsed and chopped)
1 Small Unwaxed/Organic Lemon (zest and juice)
200g Crab Meat (tinned or fresh)
1 tbsp Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley (finely chopped)
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
 
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1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and add plenty of salt. Add the spaghetti, return to the boil and cook until al dente (about 1 minute less than packet instructions).

 2. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over a medium heat and add the garlic, chilli, capers and lemon zest. Cook for 2-3 minutes being careful not to burn the garlic. Season lightly with salt and pepper (don’t add too much salt as the capers will already have seasoned the dish). Add the lemon juice and crab meat and continue to cook for another minute to heat through.
 
3. Drain the pasta reserving some of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the frying pan and mix well. Add a little of the cooking water if it seems a little dry. Sprinkle over the chopped parsley, check for seasoning and serve.
 
Spaghetti with Crab
 


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