I’m currently looking for tasty, healthy dishes without spending lots of money. I picked up my Lucas Hollweg book this morning, ‘Good Things to Eat’, as he usually creates dishes that involve simple and delicious ingredients. I turned to page 173 and saw Spaghetti with crab and mint, it shouted fresh and tasty to me, so that was this evenings dinner.
100g wholemeal spaghetti
100ml extra virgin olive oil
2 slices of wholemeal bread
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
Sprinkling of crushed chilli flakes
125g crab meat, taken from a small dressed crab
Handful of mint leaves
Juice of half a lemon
Cook the pasta, following the instructions on the packet. I used wholemeal spaghetti which took 11 mins.
While it is bubbling away, heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and add the breadcrumbs, garlic and chilli. Until the breadcrumbs turn golden brown. Dont let anything burn! Remove the pan from the heat and sit to one side.
Season the crab meat well. Drain the cooked pasta. Now stir in the crab, half of your mint, the lemon juice and the zest, and a drizzle of olive oil. now plate up your pasta and sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture that you created in step 2 and top this with the rest of your mint.
Pasta is filling, so it’s great to find light pasta options especially in spring. The lemon, mint and crab worked well together, as expected! The chilli is a must, whether you like hot food or not, I think you’d find it bland without it, and you don’t need much.
This dish reminded me of summer and being near the sea, so if you are feeling the need to be on holiday, at a low-cost, pour a glass of crisp dry white wine, and try this dish.