Monday, September 6, 2010

Encore Crab and Tomato Spaghetti

This delicious 'encore' recipe is brought to you by my shocking memory.

I'm talking about my medium-to-short-term memory.  Because I found this lovely-looking recipe on the internet (as usual), bought the ingredients, prepared and photographed the dish, ate it (very nice it was, too), did the washing up. Then I sat down with a magazine and enjoyed the rest of my evening. Then I went to bed, and as I was drifting off, a sudden thought hit me: "I've made that pasta dish before!"

Of course, you can't go back to sleep after that. And this is where I found evidence of prior visitation, here.  That's right, I made the same recipe less than 12 months ago. So, no point in letting these photos go to waste. And is was a lovely meal, after all.
Note: Medical research has shown that increased consumption of fatty, omega 3-rich fish may help memory retention. Oh, so that's why a diet that's high in chocolate doesn't... um, something, something.

Crab and Tomato with Spaghetti
serves 2

60 ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
5 anchovy fillets
4 ripe tomatoes, chopped into 2cm (1 inch) pieces
200g tinned or fresh crabmeat
300g dried spaghetti or linguine
2 tblsp parsley, chopped
1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan, add onion and garlic and saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until softened.
2. Add anchovy fillets and stir until dissolved. Add tomato and cook for 2 minutes.
3. Stir in the crab and season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and add to crab mixture.
5. Toss to combine and serve topped with parsley and cracked black pepper. Drizzle some olive oil over the top, if desired.

Recipe adapted from

Ingredients, including roma tomatoes, onion, tinned crabmeat and anchovies.

That's quite a big plate of spaghetti!

Maybe next time, I'll use Atlantic salmon instead of crab
(every bit of omega-3 helps the creaky old brain).


  1. I can always remember the dishes I have cooked but I can't remember all the names of people I met! This is a good looking dish. I don't mind you blog about it again and again!

  2. hahha Bel your too funny! Looks like a lovely dish tho & u know the recipe's a keeper if your able to make it the second time and it still tastes yummers!

  3. This looks so lovely it doesn't matter if you blogged it before! After my experiment with tinned crab meat, I'd probably opt for salmon though ;-)

  4. What a pretty and delicious looking spaghetti!

  5.! I've never done that before- and I have a pretty bad short term memory =D Looks really delicious!!

  6. Added anchovies, oh yeah baby. I've never used tinned crab before but have seen a few crabby recipes lately and was considering giving it a try. I wonder if there is a fresher form of preprepared crab though? I'm such a crab noob.

    Looks quite UNforgettable, but I take a lot of fish oil ;)

  7. Heheh, yes, substitute fish for the crab! And make sure you have some chocolate as well...all in moderation =D

  8. Oh my, that looks absolutely delicious and like the perfect pair for a glass of good white wine. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. Haha I have to say, I have TOTALLY done that before. Except it was before the blog so I had only a hunch and no real evidence.

    This looks delicious! So good you made it twice :P

  10. oh my goodness this looks delicious. Perhaps not the thing to be going gah-gah over on an empty stomach. Delicious!

  11. That is a big plate of spaghetti-I would eat it all anyway though! Yeah (smile)!
    This crab and tomato spaghetti looks delicious, Bel. I need to make more simple yet wonderful dinners like this. Plus, who doesn't need some memory help;)?

  12. Haha, hilarious story, Bel! At least you remembered (eventually) that you had made the recipe before. And with those photos, it's definitely worth a second post. :)

  13. Very funny! The pasta dish looks awesome with crab...must taste very yummie!

  14. This looks delicious! And great picture!

  15. lol! Your memory is just as bad as mine!!! That is a brilliant story! In the end you worked it out, at least the dish was a good one and you didnt repeat cook something that tastes horrible!

  16. ha! :D :)) Funny read and now I'm super hungry!

  17. I'm always reluctant to use tinned crab meat but yours looks delicious. And I have to say, your opening photos always look like a professional recipe card - so prettily plated!