With summer time I like lighter dishes, but I love me some pasta dishes so this has the best of both worlds. The lemon really brightens up the dish and I have to say the gremolata gave it a nice texture bonus. This recipe was a winner in our books. The only change I would make is a little more spice, but we like our dishes a little kicked up.
Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata
(Adapted from Foodie Crush)
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
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
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
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 occasionally. 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.