My Dad's Crab Pasta

December 16, 2014
2 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

This is the closest I can get to a culinary heirloom. Growing up it was just me and my Dad And this is his signature dish. It pretty much sums up his palate, a Baltimorean with a serious love of Italian food. If you ask him it's just crab, pasta, garlic, wine and olive oil. But every time I tried that it didn't taste as subtle as I recalled. So I've added more butter than my Dad would allow and a touch of cream and few other minor tweaks and it now tastes like what I remember. And I'm glad to have finally figured it out. —Summer of Eggplant

What You'll Need
  • 1 lb. Lump or Jumbo Lump Crab
  • 1 lb. wide pasta such as fettuccine or tagliatelle
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine - I use Spanish whites Albarino or Verdejo
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter - divided
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil - divided
  • 6 tablespoons shallots - chopped
  • 6 tablespoons leeks
  • 1/2 cup parmesan - grated
  • 1/2 lemon
  • salt + pepper
  • medium pinch crushed red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons parsley - chopped
  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the leeks and shallots and salt and pepper. They do not want to take on color so if they start to char add a little of the wine so they steam a little. When the leeks and shallots begin to become translucent, about 3-5 minutes, add in 1/2 of the wine and reduce.
  2. Boil heavily salted water for the pasta. Cook the pasta for 10 minutes or as directed on the box for al dente.
  3. Once the wine has reduced by half add in crab and saute, salt again to taste as needed. Once the crab has been heated, again about 3-5 minutes add in remaining wine, butter and red pepper, cook for another 3 minutes. Add in cream, heat to warm.
  4. Drain pasta and toss with remaining olive oil. To serve family style layer the pasta, crab sauce, parmesan and parsley in a wide bowl. Squeeze lemon juice on top and lightly toss.

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2 Reviews

cpc February 12, 2021
Easy and early good. The sauce is light so you really taste the crab. I will definitely make this again.
Summer O. February 12, 2021
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!