Thursday, June 9, 2011


I remember many years ago when I first visited New Orleans, Louisiana, my brother took me out to a local tavern.  It happened to be a Friday evening and when we walked in the front door I saw the entire length of the bar covered with newspaper. In front of every patron was a big heap of boiled crabs atop the newspaper and scattered among them some boiled red potatoes and corncobs. There was an aroma in that place totally unlike the stale beer odor one frequently encounters in such habitats. That spicy seafood bouquet was marvelous. Unfortunately the kitchen was shut down. I’d never seen whole crabs that close up before, but the pleasing zesty fragrance made me want to try it soon.

When they boil crabs, as well as shrimp or crawfish, they use special seasoned water to cook them. The water contains lemons, bay leaves and a wonderful commercial product called Zatarains Seafood Boil.  In season, there are unique mobile seafood boilers that are driven up to a location to make this lovely repast for large groups, who sit at communal picnic- type tables.

I was reminded of crabs when last month I dined at a seafood restaurant in Indian Rocks Beach Florida; a place called Crabby Bill’s.  Weirdly enough, I didn’t order crabs.  I’ve had crab cakes at Pensacola Beach that were fabulous, but I hadn’t eaten Oysters in years so I ordered them. My BW was eating a special broiled shrimp over seasoned rice. As I looked around I saw a waiter (oops, excuse me, a Server) deliver a taglietelle or fettuccine dish with crabmeat a few tables away.

So two days ago I’m in my local supermarket and see this fresh crabmeat in a refrigerator case.  I don’t buy shellfish often, except shrimp for BW, but had a hankering for it after
coming back from Crabby Bill’s. I buy slightly more than a pound and decide to make a pasta dish with it. It’s easy to fix, very delicious` and we both devoured it heartily.

CRAB WITH PASTA              serves about 4 or 3
1-lb crabmeat
1-lb taglietelle, fettuccine or linguini
1-tablespoon butter
3 scallions, chopped including green part
1 large, ripe, meaty tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 generous teaspoon of fresh thyme, chopped, or ½ teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, or 1 teaspoon dried
About 4 ounces light cream
1 egg yolk, stirred into the cream

Cook the pasta as per package directions. Don’t overcook.
While the pasta cooks, fry the scallions in the butter briefly.

Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper and thyme, stir and cook for two minutes.
Add the crabmeat and mix until heated.

Stir in the cream and egg yolk combination.
Pour the mixture over the cooked and drained pasta.

Dish out the pasta and sprinkle with the parsley.

This is an uncomplicated, tasty dish. My spouse and I loved it. If you like crabmeat you’ll enjoy this creamy, sumptuous preparation.



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Al Penwasser said...

Hmmmmmm.....crabmeat and pasta.........

The Golden Eagle said...

It sounds like a great recipe!

Sarah said...

yumm.. i love crab meat! And with Pasta, the dish is a winner for sure

Misha said...

Ooh I had something similar once. It tastes divine.


Joanne said...

As I look at that yummy picture I wish I could cross my arms and blink and it would appear right in front of me.....(blink) Nope it didn't work, darn it all...guess I gotta make it myself! Blessings, Joanne

Manzanita said...

Yummm, crab and pasta sounds delish.
We went to crab houses often when we lived in Florida. Once my daughter put her car keys on the table (on the newspaper) and they got mixed in with the shells and we had to go through all the garbage to get home. :) So there are no more waiters, only servers. Thanks for saying that. I'm always the last to know. :)

Anonymous said...

Now this has potential. I love these kind of seafood dishes. Fettuccine is a favorite here. I'lll give it a try. Thanks!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My husband would like that. I'm a vegan, so none for me.

Michelle M. said...

sounds a looks delicious! Must try soon. We often do a crab/shrimp boil and dump the whole thing on the picnic table in the back yard. Around here we call it a 'low country boil'.
The book looks like fun!

Lauracea (Sue R) said...

I love crab and I love pasta :) Soooooo...this can't fail. Thank you! Hope the blog tour's a success - I'll check it out :)

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

This sounds absolutely delicious!! I love crabmeat, pairing it with pasta is a fantastic way to enjoy it. Bookmarking this one to make soon!! Thank you for your comments on my blog about the kapoma and I'm so glad you tried the sauce first. I too was worried about the amount of cinnamon when it was introduced to me but have since fallen in love with it. Cheers and happy blogging!

this designer cooks said...

Sounds wonderful. I don't think you can go wrong with crabmeat and pasta. My husband once ordered it at a place in Italy and I thought it would bring him to tears!

Lynda R Young said...

I shouldn't visit your blog while I'm hungry. That dish sounds yum. I'm going to have to try it now :)

Plateful said...

I've never tried crab meat with pasta but this looks simply delish! Wish I could taste it now! :)

Malli said...

Awesome creamy crab pasta---such a comforting meal!

sandy axelrod said...

Yum!! Your crab and pasta dish sounds amazing. I'll have to try it really soon. Thanks too for your comments on my blog about Peaceful Waters Sanctuary. It makes us so tranquil just walking the boardwalk. As for bagels we are lucky to have a Manhattan Bagel shop that makes very good bagels so I save the Plugra butter just for breads when I can really taste the flavor. It is expensive so I use it sparingly as a special treat.

sandy axelrod said...

Oops I forgot to thank you for your suggestion of adding the lemon zest as well as the juice. You are right the essential oils in the zest give it so much more of that lemony flavor. I can't promise not to pass this on to Bobby though. You know he never really wanted there to be a winner or loser when he presented the Throwdown idea to Food Network.

Sarah Allen said...

This looks so delicious :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Susan Oloier said...

This sounds amazing. I have a husband who is allergic to seafood, but I absolutely love it. I am going to have to keep this one on hand for a time when I visit my parents (also seafood lovers).

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