Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Spaghetti with Crab and Tomatoes

Dinners for us are usually are a simple affair and any pasta dish will prove to be a hit with the family.

This dish came about when MrD accidentally opened a can of crab meat instead of the tuna I told him to open to make the Potato salad.
Anyhoo, it was a good mistake as the family thoroughly enjoyed this dish although Elsa had to overcome her initial aversion to crab meat.

Spaghetti with Crab and Tomatoes

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp chilli flakes
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
10 sun-dried cherry tomatoes in oil, diced
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
300g crab meat
2 tsp capers, drained
anchovies fillet in oil, drained
1 tbsp dried basil
salt and black pepper, to taste

In a large frying pan, heat a little oil and add anchovies, garlic, capers and chilli flakes.
Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cherry tomatoes and dried basil.
Cook on medium heat until the tomatoes start to break down a little.
Add the sherry vinegar.

In the meantime, boil the pasta in a large pan of salted water follwing the pack instructions.
Mix the pasta into the frying pan along with a ladle-ful of pasta water.
Stir in the crab but not too much or it will break up.
Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil.