Ok... so I know fresh crab is not a regular feature on most people's dinner menus.
But, I am lucky enough to live on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, where Dungeness Crab abound in the waters just minutes from my house!
And not much makes my day brighter than when my sweet husband walks in the door with 2 or 3 beautiful Dungeness Crab... and then happily cracks it all for me! (Seriously, he actually enjoys it!)
This pasta is also great by itself, or with some grilled chicken or steak, so don't be put off by the crab if you don't have it or don't like it... give this delicious dinner a try. It's a hit with kids and adults alike!
Maybe you'll be lucky enough to hear "What did you do to this butter? It's amazing!", like I did!
Pasta with Lemon Browned Butter & Fresh Dungeness Crab Recipe
1 pound pasta, cooked according to package directions
1/2 cup butter
1 large clove garlic, smashed
1 large lemon
salt & pepper, to taste
1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh italian parsley
fresh cracked Dungeness crab meat, optional of course
While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter with the smashed garlic clove in a large pan over medium heat.
Continue to cook the butter, swirling it occasionally, until it starts to get very fragrant and turns golden brown. Immediately remove from the heat, remove the garlic clove (throw it away) and stir in the lemon juice and the cooked pasta. Toss well to coat.
Season to taste with salt & pepper (& crushed red pepper flakes if you'd like!) and toss in the chopped parsley just before serving with the crab (or whatever meat you're having!) on top!