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Chilli Crab Linguine with Vodka


Quick and easy mid week supper meal

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  • 175 g (12 oz) dried linguine
  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 1 shallot
  • finely chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli
  • seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • roughly chopped
  • 1 tbls vodka (optional)
  • 170g can white crab meat
  • drained
  • 2 tbls chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper


servings 2
Level of difficulty Easy
Cooking time 10mins
Cost Budget Friendly


Step 1

Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water to packet instructions

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a frying-pan and cook the garlic and chilli over a low to medium heat for 2 -3 minutes until beginning to soften, but not brown. Add the tomatoes, increase the heat and cook for 4 -5 minutes until pulpy.

Step 3

Stir in the vodka, if using, followed by the crab meat, and stir gently together. Season to taste.

Step 4

Drain the pasta well and return to the pan. Add the sauce and the chopped parsley and stir loosely together. Divide between bowls and top with a good grinding of black pepper.

Don’t be tempted to get out the Parmesan, it really doesn’t suit the flavour of the crab.

A delicious delicate dish, if feeding youngsters, skip the vodka

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