Saturday, March 18, 2017

Crab and Asparagus Pasta #Sunday Supper

Crab and Asparagus Pasta
Asparagus officially signifies spring regardless of the weather. Here in the southwest we are having a bit of a heatwave and from what I see on the news it is freezing on the east coast, gotta love this time of year. The flavor can best be described as intensely green, a little like broccoli and can be served raw, steamed, grilled and roasted. This persnickety little veggie can be hard to grow in some regions and needs a year round dedicated space.

Crab and Asparagus Pasta Dishes

Today I paired asparagus with lump crab, another personal favorite. The flavors were brightened with lemon zest, juice and fresh herbs. There is no butter or cream and you can use fresh or dried pasta. I used rigatoni pasta but there are so many different shapes or even flavors that you can use. In this recipe I blanched the asparagus which helped preserve the beautiful green color. The pasta water was reserved to help loosen up the pasta and create a light sauce. Happy spring everyone!

This week the host of the #SundaySupper Movement  group is Anne; of Simple and Savory, thank you Anne! Today’s event is all about Easy Spring Recipes.


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Crab and Asparagus Pasta

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 35 mins
Crab and asparagus pasta marks the beginning of spring. This lovely dish has been lightened up with lemon and fresh herbs. Great for entertaining.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 lb of dried pasta
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 8 ounces of lump crab meat
  • ½ bunch of asparagus, removed the tough ends and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook the pasta per package instructions, making sure to season the water with sea salt. Retain 1 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.
  2. In a medium sized pot of boiling water, add asparagus cook for approx. 2 minutes. Drain in colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat add shallots to the skillet. Cook shallots about 2 to 3 minutes then add the lemon juice, zest and white wine to the pan. Let liquid simmer and reduce until half.
  4. Add the drained pasta to the pan along with the crab, asparagus, Parmesan cheese, reserved pasta water and parsley. Mix the ingredients until evenly coated and season with salt and freshly cracked pepper. Enjoy
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Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

49 comments:

  1. I love asparagus season. We are getting to the end of ours but arrive in Europe just in time for the start of theirs. Your flavour combination sounds perfect.

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    1. Thanks Tandy, lucky you, way to stretch out the asparagus season.

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  2. Can't wait for the asparagus season arrive here. This is a very delicious spring dish.

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    1. Thanks Angie, I think just about everyone loves asparagus;)

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  3. I love this, Cheri. I've been buying asparagus lately and it's wonderful to see them pop up on sale because I know it's a sign of spring! : ) I have been wanting to make a pasta with crab and red pepper flakes. This is even better and so simple!

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    1. Hi Monica, usually I add red pepper flakes to everything, love the flavor but my stomach has been acting up so I've had to cut out peppers of all kinds. Happy Sunday!

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  4. That is looking seriously delicious, love those kind of dishes☺

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  5. Crab, asparagus, lemon...just great. The photography too. Everything looks beautiful. Nice post.

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    1. Thanks Kimberlie, appreciate you stopping by.

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  6. I love this kind of salad that combines pasta with vegetables and seafood. Definitely bookmarking this recipe for spring. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Betty, leftovers were great the next day.

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  7. This is a great recipe for spring, Cheri!

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  8. Your pasta looks delicious Cheri , I hope we get some fresh asparagus soon. After a week of warm weather is cold again here in Santa Cruz,

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    1. Hi Gerlinde, oh Santa Cruz is such a beautiful place, you guys are having such crazy weather. Asparagus has come in a little early for us here in Arizona, it is my favorite veggie.

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  9. Ya gotta love Spring pasta dishes. This one is perfect!

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  10. This sounds wonderful Cheri. Pinning to my #FishFridayFoodies board.

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  11. My youngest would think this was paradise! Six weeks or so until she's back from school!

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    1. Thanks Inger, I bet you miss them when they are gone, being a empty nester is hard at first.

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  12. Yes, yes and yes! I could eat this up and would enjoy it very much. Simple and perfectly delicious. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe Cheri.

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    1. Thanks Tricia, we ate this for dinner and lunch.

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  13. Lovely fresh flavours, just perfect for the start of Spring!

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    1. Thanks Caroline, we enjoyed this very much.

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  14. Two of my favorite things in a pasta dish (Another favorite!) I love this recipe!

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    1. Thanks Nicole, your so sweet. appreciate you stopping by.

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  15. I swear this looks like it came straight from a restaurant. I love a good pasta dish.

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    1. Thanks Laura, it took us 2 days but we enjoyed every bite.

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  16. What a delicious way to use one of my favorite vegetables, Cheri! I would help my mom pick wild asparagus in the spring when I was a kid so I grew up loving it :)

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    1. Hi Susan, what a wonderful memory, I've heard that asparagus is hard to grow, so lucky to know of a wild patch.

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  17. Lovely dish Cheri, the combination of asparagus and crab with the pasta sounds just too good. I love simple pasta dishes like this and it's also very elegant, would make a wonderful meal to serve at a dinner party.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, there is nothing like seasonal asparagus.

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  18. This looks tasty, Cheri, and very elegant.
    Amalia
    xo

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  19. Love the asparagus and crab together! I could eat this definitely! Thank you for a lovely recipe Cheri! :)

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  20. The lemon keeps this pasta dish light and let's those delicious flavors shine through!

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    1. Thanks Cindy, appreciate you stopping by.

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  21. Asparagus is awesome and when paired with crab - even better =) Love the word persnickety, too =)

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    1. haha! your the only one that caught that. Thanks Kim!

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  22. A friend just got me some crabmeat from Costco... now I have to decide whether to make this or your crab cakes! Your advice?? This looks wonderful, Cheri!

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    1. Hi David, thats where I buy mine when we are in Phoenix, it's very good. You could make both, if it's just Mark and yourself. Take care.....

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  23. A nice light pasta dish to celebrate the arrival of spring.

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  24. Asparagus is my favorite veggie. This recipe sounds like a great way to enjoy the best of the season :)

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