Simple yet elegant, this Crab Spaghetti dish is comfort food with a high brow twist. Butter, wine and lemon all combine to create a lush and flavorful sauce that has just a touch of heat thanks to the red pepper flakes.

The addition of crunchy, garlicky bread crumbs with lemon and parsley gives some texture to this decadent meal.

And the winning part of the whole combo is it comes together from pan to plate in about a half an hour. And that makes dinner time special any day of the week.

Crab Spaghetti with Lemon and Garlic Gremolata
Makes 6


For crab spaghetti:

1 pound spaghetti
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup white wine, Chardonnay
1 lemon, juiced
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound jumbo lump crab meat
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
kosher salt

For lemon and garlic gremolata:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups fresh sourdough bread crumbs
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon zest, from 1 medium lemon


For crab spaghetti:

Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1 cup cooking water.

In large pan over medium high heat melt butter in olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly, until fragrant. Add white wine, lemon juice and red pepper flakes. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer and cook for 8 minutes. Add lump crab meat and hot spaghetti and stir to mix well. Add 1/2 cup of Parmesan and kosher salt; toss. Add 1/4 cup of reserved cooking liquid at a time if the pasta needs more liquid. Top with Lemon and Garlic Gremolata and more Parmesan cheese and serve.

For lemon and garlic gremolata:

In medium fry pan, melt butter over medium high heat. Add bread crumbs and kosher salt. Stir to combine in butter. Toast bread crumbs for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occassionally. Be careful so crumbs don’t burn. Remove hot bread crumbs from heat and add in garlic, parsley and lemon zest. Stir to combine and add to top of Crab Spaghetti.

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