Friday, August 1, 2014

Dungeness Crab and Pasta

I love this time of year in the northwest. One of my favorite things is the beautiful Dungeness crab available to us.
The young one brought some fresh gluten free pasta and Bake caught some crab. This comes together for a quickly prepared dinner.
I want to give kudos to Maninis, as this is the best gluten free, fresh pasta I have ever tried. Thank you!

Dungeness Crab and Pasta
3/4 pound pasta
1/8 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoon shallots, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
pinch of red chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup yellow squash, finely diced
3/4 cup Heirloom tomatoes, cut in half
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups fresh crab
1/2 cup pasta water, if needed
1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
extra crab

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. Remove 1/2 cup of water and drain pasta.

While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add shallots, garlic, and chili flakes and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
Add salt and squash, stirring until heated.
Quickly add in tomatoes, crab, lemon zest, lemon juice, and water; just to warm.
Add pasta to pan and stir well.

Place pasta into serving dish and sprinkle with basil and parsley.
Top with a few pieces of crab.

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