Spaghetti and Crabs

Spaghetti and Crabs
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Spaghetti and Crabs
Cafe Martorano

Spaghetti and Crabs

I grew up eating this dish on family trips to the Jersey Shore. We'd go crabbing in a small rented motor boat, using a man-made crab trap with a chicken wing attached to bait the fresh shellfish. We'd catch as many as we could and make this dish, which I consider to be a "crab gravy" thanks to the combination of crabs, tomatoes, and herbs, which create such profound flavors. Remember, it’s not sauce — it’s gravy. And this dish is incredible. The first time I cooked it, people lined up around the block for it.

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8
Servings
100
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Three 28-ounce cans whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 25 small hard-shell crabs, cleaned
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Handful of basil leaves
  • 1 Pound spaghetti

Directions

Crush the San Marzano tomatoes in a bowl. Heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add the garlic and the crabs. Cook the crabs until they get nice and red. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and add the garlic powder, red pepper flakes, tomatoes, and basil. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente. Drain and toss with the sauce.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
11g
8%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Calcium, Ca
16mg
2%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
1µg
0%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
1mg
0%
Phosphorus, P
8mg
1%
Sodium, Na
154mg
10%

Spaghetti Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Spaghetti Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Spaghetti Wine Pairing

Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nero d'avola, primitivo, sangiovese, or carménère with meat- or tomato-based sauces; grenache or chardonnay with cream-based sauces; pinot gris/grigio, albariño, or other fresh white wines (for instance, soave, Italian sauvignon, or grillo) with seafood pasta; nebbiolo, dolcetto, or barbera with most non-seafood pasta.