Spaghetti with Crab Sauce: Spaghettini al Sugo Gronchio

Total Time:
50 min
20 min
30 min

4 servings

  • 1 (2-pound) live dungeness crab
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 1/2 pounds tomatoes, canned, peeled, and finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch parsley, leaves finely chopped to yield 1/4 cup
  • 1 pound spaghettini

In a large saucepan, place the crab on its back and cover with cold water. Cover and bring the pan to a simmer over low heat, and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes.

Break off the crab legs and set aside. Pull off the large back shell, and clean out the debris. Remove the air sacs and break the body into small pieces. Crack the legs and claws, remove the meat, and set aside.

In a large wide pan, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, then add the parsley and crabmeat. Simmer 5 minutes.

Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil over high heat and add 2 tablespoons salt. Cook the pasta in the water until it is tender yet al dente. Drain the pasta and add to the hot sauce. Toss over high heat for 1 minute, then divide evenly among 4 warmed pasta bowls and serve immediately.

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I couldn't help myself and had to modify it. Added butter to the Olive oil, Doubled the Garlic, Added a couple of tablespoons of minced shallot, and a Tablespoon of Red Pepper Flakes.. For the Crabmeat, I used steamed Alaskan King Crablegs and claws. It was all that I could do not to eat the entire batch by myself! Just Fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sometimes Simple and fresh are all you need for a good meal. This recipe will be as good as your ingredients are fresh. (If dealing with frozen/fresh crab... look for it to be a little saltier). When you marry your garden with the sea you get this dish and it should be a crowd pleaser. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish as part of a Christmas eve seafood dinner, the simplicity of the dish; sweet dungeness crab, tomato, and not much else works together wonderfully. It was so fast and easy as well that as long as you can get the crab its well worth making. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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