Crab and rocket linguine

Crab and rocket linguine

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From
At Home with Ben
Serves
4
Photographer
Mark Roper

This is one of my favourite pasta dishes. I first came across it in Cape Town, when it was cooked for me by an Italian surfer (yes, they do get waves in Italy!) in a funky share house overlooking Camps Bay. What caught my attention about his method was the frozen branches of basil he used to infuse flavour into the oil. It’s a great way to preserve herbs when you have an abundance of them, and used like this their flavour is maximised.

You can buy the crabmeat already picked – check to make sure none of the shell has been left in the meat. You could also use chopped prawns or shrimps for an equally tasty result. I prefer linguine for this dish, but the type of pasta you use is really up to you.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
400g dried pasta
100ml extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1 branch basil
4 large ripe roma tomatoes, blanched, peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped
salt
freshly ground black pepper
250g blue swimmer crabmeat
1 cup chopped wild rocket, plus extra to garnish

Method

  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a fast boil and cook the pasta, following the packet instructions.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium–low heat. Add the garlic and chilli and gently fry, stirring, until the garlic starts to stick to the spoon. Add the basil branch and fry for 1–2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and gently simmer for 2–3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. About 2 minutes before the pasta is ready, add the crabmeat to the sauce and gently simmer. Sprinkle in the chopped rocket, allowing it to wilt into the crab sauce.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving a little cooking water. Remove the basil branch from the crab sauce, then toss the cooked pasta through the sauce.
  5. Check the seasoning and serve garnished with rocket.
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