Monday, July 09, 2007

10 Minute Empty-Fridge Pasta Supper With Crab, Pancetta, Chilli And A Splash Of Vodka

After three days of eating boring sandwiches and dire festival-stall food, I need something that really tastes great for my tea tonight. Problem is, I am really hungry and the fridge is really empty. Luckily, I find one of my life-saving cans of white crabmeat right at the back of the cupboard. Canned crab was invented for tossing with pasta!

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Serves 2
1/2 x 500g pack fresh tagliatelle
1 compartment of cubed pancetta (about 80g)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 rosemary stalk, or whatever herbs are still alive in the bottom of the fridge
1 large, very ripe tomato, roughly chopped
2 dried red chillies or 1/2 tsp flakes
good slosh of vodka
170g can white crabmeat, drained
squeeze of lemon juice or a few drops of balsamic vinegar

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.

Meanwhile, cook the pancetta in a small saucepan for 5 minutes, adding the garlic for the last minue or so. Carefully tip off the excess oil.

Add the rosemary, thyme or whtever you're using and the tomatoes and crumble in the chillies. Bubble for a couple fo minutes until the tomatoes turn pulpy.

By now the water is probably boiling so add the pasta and cook for a couple of minutes or so according to the packet instructions.

Pour the vodka into the tomato pan and bubble for 3 - 4 minutes.

Drain the pasta and return to the pan. Toss with the crab and the pancetta sauce and add a squueze of lemon to taste. Grind over plenty of fine black pepper and eat quickly!


Drunk Mummy said...

Oh wow - can I come and live at your house? That looks delicious - I particularly like the addition of the 'good slosh of vodka'!

ally. said...

i love your version of empty cupboards. mine would involve yogurt with rice and candles

Tony said...

I quite fancy some now. Have been in Holland all week and am sick of cheese.

Silvana said...

How can you be sick of cheese? Have they got those whole little ones - I think it might be Gouda - with cumin seeds in? Yum!

The Cooking Ninja said...

hmm...yummy recipe. I'm gonna try it soon.

Anonymous said...

Can you replace the tomato with tinned tomatoes?

Bear M said...

Good stuff! Just tried it for dinner. Goes well with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.