Crab & Chilli Spaghettini

There is nothing better than making your own homemade pasta. It's so fun & so delicious with crab!

8th June 2016

Recipe by Andrew

Photography & Words by Sophie

This is one of those recipes will always stand the test of time and will always make for a magical weekend lunch with friends & family! Especially when you have the chance to make the fresh homemade pasta. It’s also really adaptable with prawns, clams, mussels or even some delicious lobster tail. And while this kind of recipe instantly makes me think of summer days outside in the garden or on the front porch with a chilled glass of rosé, it was also delectably comforting on an early winters day. But I guess that’s Sydney for you :)

Enjoy!

Crab & Chilli Spaghettini There is nothing better than making your own homemade pasta. It's so fun & so delicious with crab! Serves 4 https://www.whattocook.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Crab-Linguine-What-To-Cook-88-1400x784.jpg Ingredients: 3 blue swimmer crabs 380g fresh pasta 30ml extra virgin olive oil 30g unsalted butter 1 tsp chilli flakes Pinch of saffron, steeped in warm water 2 cloves garlic, sliced Juice of 1 lemon Pinch of salt & cracked pepper 1/3 cup parsley, roughly torn Instructions:
  1. If you’re making your own homemade pasta, start by following our recipe here. (If you’re not making your own, any kind of fresh noodle-style store bought pasta will be great!) Once you’ve made the pasta, set it aside on a tray lined with baking paper & semolina.

  2. Prepare & steam the blue swimmer crabs. You can follow our video guide on how to do it here (it’s surprisingly simple). Once the crab meat is cooked, remove it from the shell and set it aside.

  3. Heat a large fry pan over a medium heat. Add the oil and butter. When the butter starts to foam, add the chilli flakes and saute for 1 minute, stirring often. Add the steeped saffron and combine. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add the reserved crab meat and season with a pinch of salt. Stir to combine then remove from heat and keep warm while cooking the pasta.

  4. Cook the fresh pasta in a large pot of well-salted boiling water (fresh pasta only takes a couple of minutes to cook). Once cooked to al dente, add the pasta to the pan with a little pasta water. Add the parsley and the lemon juice. Check seasoning, then stir to combine.

    Serve it up straight away (crab is best served immediately and enjoy :)

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Serves: 4

Time: 30 Minutes + Pasta making time

Ingredients

3 blue swimmer crabs
380g fresh pasta
30ml extra virgin olive oil
30g unsalted butter
1 tsp chilli flakes
Pinch of saffron, steeped in warm water
2 cloves garlic, sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of salt & cracked pepper
1/3 cup parsley, roughly torn


Method

  1. If you’re making your own homemade pasta, start by following our recipe here. (If you’re not making your own, any kind of fresh noodle-style store bought pasta will be great!) Once you’ve made the pasta, set it aside on a tray lined with baking paper & semolina.

  2. Prepare & steam the blue swimmer crabs. You can follow our video guide on how to do it here (it’s surprisingly simple). Once the crab meat is cooked, remove it from the shell and set it aside.

  3. Heat a large fry pan over a medium heat. Add the oil and butter. When the butter starts to foam, add the chilli flakes and saute for 1 minute, stirring often. Add the steeped saffron and combine. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add the reserved crab meat and season with a pinch of salt. Stir to combine then remove from heat and keep warm while cooking the pasta.

  4. Cook the fresh pasta in a large pot of well-salted boiling water (fresh pasta only takes a couple of minutes to cook). Once cooked to al dente, add the pasta to the pan with a little pasta water. Add the parsley and the lemon juice. Check seasoning, then stir to combine.

    Serve it up straight away (crab is best served immediately and enjoy :)

 
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