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How To Make Crab Spaghetti With Chili And Breadcrumbs

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Spaghetti with Crab, Thai Chili, and Lemon Breadcrumbs

Serves 4

Recipe by Rebekah Peppler


For breadcrumbs:

1 1/4 cups panko breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons parsley, coarsely chopped

zest of 1 lemon

For pasta:

1 lb spaghetti

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 Thai Birdseye chillies*, seeds removed and thinly sliced

1 cup lump crab

juice of 1 lemon

kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

*Optional substitution: 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes


For breadcrumbs:

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium mixing bowl, toss together breadcrumbs, chopped parsley, and lemon zest until evenly combined. Spread the breadcrumb mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet, and toast in the 350°F oven until golden brown (about 10 minutes, taking the baking sheet out halfway through baking and moving the breadcrumbs around). Let cool completely on the baking sheet, then set aside.

Note: made ahead of time, the breadcrumbs will keep in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to a week.

For pasta:

Cook spaghetti according to package directions, until al dente. Drain through a colander, reserving about a cup of the of pasta water.

In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat, then add sliced chili (or crushed red pepper flakes, if substituting) and 1 cup lump crab. Heat for about 30 seconds, until the crab is warmed through. Drizzle with the juice of 1 lemon, then add the cooked spaghetti and 1/3 cup of reserved pasta water. Toss to combine, season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, sprinkle with lemon breadcrumbs.

For this recipe, you'll need a 12-inch skillet and a large pot to cook the pasta.

You can get a great skillet here (pictured left, worth the price, will last forever) or a more affordable decent one here. Any stock pot that's at least 8 quarts will work, but a 12-quart pot (pictured right) is your best bet. Get a simple one here.

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