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King Crab and XO Sauce with Homemade Pici Pasta Recipe

This simple homemade pasta doesn't require a machine, just some good old fashioned elbow grease.

by Jamie Bissonnette
Jan 24 2019, 2:00pm

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Servings: 4-6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 2 hours


1 3/4 cups|250 grams “00” flour (or all-purpose)
1 1/2 cups|250 grams semolina flour
2 teaspoons|4 grams kosher salt, plus more to taste
18 ounces picked Alaska king crab meat
6 ounces lobster or seafood stock
9 tablespoons|115 grams XO sauce
6 tablespoons|90 grams unsalted butter
3 ounces Thai basil, picked and torn
2 teaspoons roughly chopped fresh dill
2 teaspoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
2 lemons, zested and juiced
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
olive oil, to finish


1. Make the pasta: In a large bowl, by hand or in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a dough hook, combine the flours, salt, and 1 1/4 cups water. Knead for 10 minutes. You may need to add a little more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach a smooth consistency. Form into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

2. Working with the cold pasta, cut off about 1/2-inch thick slices. Keep the pasta covered with a damp cloth while you work with one piece at a time. Thinly slice that piece into 4 thin strips. Working with one strip of pasta a a time and using your hands, roll the dough out into a thin rope. It will get long! It should be around 1/4-inch thick of a rope, about 1 1/2 feet long. Coil the pasta onto a flour-dusted baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.

3. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

4. In a large skillet, heat the crab meat in the lobster stock. Add the XO sauce and pasta and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and zest in the lemon. Squeeze in the juice and toss with the butter and herbs. Drizzle with olive oil to finish.

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