Tagliatelle with seafood in a light lemon butter sauce.
Fresh pasta is hard to beat. It is easily available in supermarkets and cooks in minutes.
This was a lemon pepper tagliatelle, half a Dungeness crab, a pound of fresh shell on prawns, and a few snails thrown in. It took 10 minutes to put together, tasted delicious, and needed just a glass of wine to accompany it.
The recipe is the most versatile and can be prepared with pantry ingredients. The choice of anything lemon, any flavour of liquor, wine, chilli, will all result in a delightful seafood pasta.
4 nests of fresh lemon pepper tagliatelle
deep pot of salted boiling water with a tablespoon of olive oil
125 g/4 oz salted butter or garlic butter
454 g/ 1 lb deveined prawn with shell
454 g/ 1 lb Dungeness crab in the shell in pieces
1 crushed garlic clove
1 teaspoon of fresh green herb of choice
salt and pepper to season
pinch of red chilli flake or alternate
white or rose wine
sherry or brandy
lemon juice or lemon liquor
1 tsp mustard
1/4 cup heavy cream
For the sauce:
Melt the butter and a drop of olive oil. While it is bubbling, add the shrimp and cook them for 5 minutes, turning just once. Remove and place in a dish.
Add the snails and cook for 5 minutes. Shake the pan to keep them moving. Add the crab in pieces, and let it cook for just 2 minutes. Add the garlic and a teaspoon of finely chopped herbs of your choice—tarragon, parsley, coriander, chives would all go well. Add the prawns back to the pan, lightly salting all over. Add a touch of red pepper from your pantry: paprika, chilli flakes, siracha sauce, chipotle, ancho chilli, tabasco, bomba mix; the choice is yours to pick from.
Add a splash of white wine or rose, and a splash of sherry. Add a tablespoon of yuzu lemon liquor, limoncillo, or fresh lemon juice. A teaspoon of mustard. A good glug of cream and let it all come together. Boil it for a minute. Add the ready pasta, one spoonful at a time, mixing it all in. A tablespoon or two of the pasta water will add to the flavour and help the sauce stick to the pasta. Allow the pasta to soak up the sauce. All of this should take a maximum of 5 to 7 minutes, otherwise everything will be overcooked. Serve in 4 pasta bowls with freshly cracked pepper, or Japanese nanami togarashi spice powder, or simply Parmigiano Reggiano.
This cannot be reheated. Buon appetito!
Photo credit Niloufer Mavalvala
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