Crab Fra Diavolo Angel Hair Pasta Recipe
Crab Fra Diavolo angel hair pasta is a simple and easy pasta dish that cooks up quick enough for a weeknight meal but luxurious enough for a special meal.
This is a recipe from my husband’s grandmother and is served for the Feast of Seven Fishes and other special occasions. I’ve worked it into our go-to dinner menus because it’s so good and so easy to make.
Blue Crab Fra Diavolo Angel Hair Pasta
Blue Crab Fra Diavolo Angel Hair Pasta is a simple and easy pasta dish that cooks up quick enough for a weeknight meal but luxurious enough for a special meal.
- 1/4 C olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1 T crushed red pepper flakes or more to taste
- 1 T dried basil
- 1 t dried oregano
- 6 oz tomato paste 1 can
- 1/4 C of red wine
- 28 oz pureed San Marzano tomatoes 1 28-oz can
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 lbs angel hair pasta
- 3/4 lbs crabmeat picked over for bits of shell and rinsed with lemon juice (Dungeness, blue crab, and jumbo lump crab all work well)
- 1/4 C chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
- 1/4 C chopped fresh chives
- 1/4 C chopped fresh basil
Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat.
Add the wine, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, and oregano and cook until the garlic is a cooked, about 2 minutes.
Stir in the tomato paste and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
Reduce the heat to low and cook the sauce for 20 minutes.
While the sauce simmers, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions.
Once the pasta is on to cook, carefully add the crab and cook until just heated through.
Remove from heat.
Drain pasta and place in individual bowls then ladle sauce over pasta.
Sprinkle the fresh herbs over the pasta
Season with salt and black pepper.
Serve with crusty Italian bread or garlic bread, a simple salad and a glass of Chianti. Sit back and enjoy!
This reheats well just make sure to go low and slow, so the crab doesn't get tough.
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