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    Crab And Chilli Pasta With Lemon And Basil

    Super-speedy yet very stylish, this supper dish can be on the table in 10 minutes. And with just six ingredients, it couldn’t be simpler.

    • Preparation time: 5 minutes
    • Cooking time: 5 minutes
    • Total time: 20 minutes 20 minutes

    Serves: 2


    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1.5 x 500g pack Waitrose Fresh Spaghetti
    • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
    • 1 dressed Cromer crab, from the fish service counter
    • 1.5 x 25g pack fresh basil leaves, torn


    1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water for 3 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small pan and cook the chilli for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the lemon zest, crabmeat and a ladleful of water from the pasta pan. Season with freshly ground black pepper and heat gently until the crabmeat is piping hot.
    3. Drain the pasta well and return to its pan. Add the crab mixture, basil leaves, and lemon juice to taste. Toss well, divide between 2 bowls and serve immediately.

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    Cook's tips

    Try adding chopped ripe tomato to the chilli for extra colour and texture. Use cooked prawns or scallops instead of crab.

    Drinks recommendation

    La Grille Classic Barrel-Fermented Chenin Blanc, Loire, has lovely peach fruit flavours and goes especially well with seafood.


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