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Simple Crab Tagliatelle

Autumn is officially upon us, which means crabs are in season and at their largest! So head to your local fishmonger (or any supermarket will do!) because it's the perfect time to try a simple, quick and fresh crab pasta!

Crab Tagliatelle

Serves: 2

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Special Equipment:

Ensure the frying pan you use is large enough to hold all the pasta, or use a large pan instead


100g Brown Crab Meat

100g White Crab Meat

4 Garlic Cloves (crushed)

1 tbsp Chilli paste

Sprinkle of Dried Chilli Flakes

150ml White Wine

5 tbsp Olive Oil

Handful Chopped Fresh Parsley

200g Tagliatelle

½ Lime (juiced)

Garnish with a sprinkling of dried chilli flakes and chopped parsley


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the tagliatelle according to the packet instructions. This is usually 8-10 mins and should have a slight bite when done

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil gently in a large frying pan, adding the chilli paste and garlic

  3. Once the garlic and chilli is just starting to colour, add the white wine and turn up the heat

  4. Heat for 2-3 mins until all the ingredients are combined into one texture

  5. Add the brown crab meat and reduce the heat to a simmer

  6. Once the pasta is cooked, use tongs to place it into the frying pan and mix everything together. If it looks clumpy, you can add a few spoonfuls of the pasta cooking water

  7. Remove the pan from the heat, stirring through the lime juice and white crab meat until fully combined

  8. Serve immediately, sprinkling with dried chilli flakes and freshly chopped parsley

You can try this with different pasta shapes, such as shells, so they catch all the delicious crab meat. You could also add a tin of chopped tomatoes when you add the brown crab meat to make the sauce stretch further.

Remember, anyone can cook!


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