Crab and Corn Pasta Recipe

This summery pasta will make you want to move to Maryland.

by Nick Elmi
03 August 2018, 2:04pm

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Servings: 4
Prep: 2 hours
Total: 2 1/2 hours


for the corn purée:
12 ears corn, husked (save the husks for the broth)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

for the crab broth:
3 pounds blue crabs
2 shallots, sliced
1 (6-inch) piece kombu
½ head fennel, sliced
2 corn husks

for the pasta:
300 grams semolina
80 grams water

to serve:
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 ounces|225 grams shell pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 ears corn, kernels removed and cob discarded
1/4 cup|60 ml white wine
¾ cup|187 ml crab broth
2 tablespoons truffle butter
4 ounces|114 grams lump crabmeat
⅔ cups corn purée
2 lemon wedges


1. Make the pasta: Mix the semolina and water in a mixer (or pasta chamber) for 7 minutes or until desired texture. Extract the shells to desired size. Cool and dry for about an hour. Reserve in the refrigerator. Makes about 1 pound pasta.

2. Make the crab broth: Place all of the ingredients in a pressure cooker. Cover with 11 cups water. Pressure cook on high for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding solids. Transfer to a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a simmer and reduce by half, 45 minutes. Makes 5 cups.

3. Make the corn purée: Remove the kernels from the cobs of corn. Reserve the cobs for the broth as well. Run the corn kernels through a juicer, taking care not to strain the liquid. Place the liquid in a small saucepan over medium-high and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Simmer for 5 minutes until reduced by 1/3 and thickened. Purée in a blender, then pass through a fine mesh strainer. Season with salt and pepper and reserve. Makes 2 cups.

4. To serve: Bring a pot of generously salted water to a boil over high. Cook the pasta in the boiling water until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes if using fresh pasta and 11 minutes if using store-bought. Drain, and run the pasta under cold water for a few minutes, the set aside.

5. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium. Add the garlic and shallot and cook until soft, 1 minute. Add the corn kernels and wine and cook until the wine is reduced, 3 minutes. Add the crab broth, bring to a simmer, and reduce slightly. Add the pasta to the pan along with the truffle butter. Cook for 2 minutes, then toss in the crab and the corn purée. Toss to coat and until the crab is heated through, about 2 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper and finish with a squeeze of lemon. Serve immediately.

This article originally appeared on Munchies US.

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