Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cooking: Spicy Crab and Corn Rigatoni

Sometimes when friends come to visit and stay over, I cook for them. Many times they prefer a night in to relax and chill. So I decided to make a pasta dish that screamed of summer. You know with corn and crab.

Here are the ingredients all prepped and ready to be cooked. Fresh corn kernels, crab meat, basil, jalapenos, and toasted panko bread crumbs.
First, I made the sauce. I sauteed some garlic in a pan. Then I added a can of whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes. Season and simmer lightly. Crush the tomatoes as it cooks.
As I cooked the pasta on the side, I added the corn and jalapenos. Also, add more seasoning if needed.
Once the pasta was cooked, I added it to the sauce and tossed it lightly. Next add the crab meat until it's warmed through. Turn off he heat and add the basil.
Serve while warm with a handful of toasted breadcrumbs on top. It adds a nice layer of texture to the dish.
I really liked this dish because so many flavor and textures were playing in my mouth. The spiciness from the jalapenos, the sweetness from the corn, the tartness from the sauce, the great sweet but oceany flavor of the crab, and the freshness of the basil. This dish could be very soft but the breadcrumbs add just enough crunch to keep it interesting.

Spicy Crab and Corn Rigatoni
Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients
1-16oz can of whole, peeled San Marzano tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb box of rigatoni
1 lb of crab meat
2 ears of corns, kernels removed
2 jalapenos, chopped
1 bunch of basil, julienned
1 cup of panko bread crumbs
Oil
Salt
Pepper

Directions
1. Bring large pot of water to boil. Add salt.
2. Toast bread crumbs in oil until browned nicely. Cool and set aside.
3. Saute garlic in oil. Add can of tomatoes and break up tomato pieces. Bring to boil and let simmer 15 minutes.
4. While sauce is simmering, add pasta to pot of salted boiling water. Cook until slightly under al dente, usually about 3 minutes less than the directions of the package.
5. Add jalapenos and corn to sauce. Stir gently. When pasta is cooked, drain and add to sauce. Toss lightly making sure everything is well mixed. Add crab meat and toss lightly again. Continue cooking until crab meat is warmed through, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat then add basil.
6. Serve immediately with a handful of breadcrumbs on top per serving.

1 comment:

  1. A great revelation to serve to my generation. I'll have to forego the jalapeno and bread crumbs when I make it for the kids. `•¸•´

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