A quick and delicious dinner is on the way! Featuring tender crab, sweet corn, and salty bacon. Fully customizable and on your table in less than a half-hour.
- 8 ounces thin spaghetti (half a box)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 5 slices thick cut bacon, cut into strips/lardons
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 8 ounces fresh corn, from about 2 ears
- 1 fresno chili, thinly sliced or minced
- 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 8 ounces lump crab meat, picked over for shells
- 1/2 cup seafood stock or chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- Zest of a lemon
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (squeeze the juice yourself!)
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon flat leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped
- 1 cup finely shredded pecorino, loosely packed
- Flaky kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
You will be cooking the pasta WHILE you cook the bacon, so have both stations ready to go!
- Bring a pot of water to a vigorous boil. When it begins to boil, season with salt (don’t make it excruciatingly salty in case you have to add some of it to your pasta later). Add the pasta, gently coaxing it to submerge and stirring to prevent sticking. Cook the pasta for about 5 to 6 minutes — the pasta should be boiling at the same time you cook the bacon.
- At the same time, drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp, about 5 to 8 minutes.
- Drain the pasta, reserving about a cup of pasta water. Run cold water over the pasta to stop the cooking, allow it to drain, and set it to the side. You’ll add the pasta to the sauce later.
- When the bacon is done, scoop all of it out onto a paper towel to drain. Pour off all but one tablespoon of bacon fat out of the skillet. Return to the heat. Add the butter, corn, garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Stir it around to coat each kernel well with fat and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the dried dill and cook for an additional 2 minutes. It’s totally fine if the corn starts to develop some color, but if it’s getting too dark too fast, turn the heat down.
- Add the fresno chili pepper and cook for about a minute until it’s softened slightly.
- Stir in the crab meat and scrape up any bits from the bottom. Cook for about a minute or two.
- Pour in the seafood stock, and continue to scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan. Allow the stock to reduce for about 2 minutes.
- Pour in the heavy cream, then the par-cooked pasta. Allow the pasta to finish simmering in the cream base for about 5 minutes over medium heat. The sauce will thicken as it cooks, mainly from the starch of the pasta.
- Season the entire mixture with granulated onion, granulated garlic, black pepper, and salt to taste. When you’re happy with the flavor and the pasta is perfectly cooked, turn off the heat.
- Squeeze in the juice of a whole lemon, along with the zest. Toss in the parsley and basil. Stir everything together until combined, and give it another taste to ensure it’s perfect to your liking. It should still be creamy but on the thinner side of creamy. If it’s gloopy, add a little of the reserved pasta water to thin it out — because you’re going to add the cheese and that will thicken it up as well.
- Add the cheese (start with half and add more as you need to) and crispy bacon, and gently toss everything to distribute the cheese evenly. It should be perfectly creamy — not too thin, but not at all gloopy and sticky. If you need to thin it out, use some of the reserved pasta water. Cream sauces thicken as they sit, so go ahead and serve it up immediately and enjoy.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20
- Category: Pasta
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