Do you know those recipes you have made over and over again, but have yet to write down? This is one of them. I have been making this for years. Why have I waited so long to get the pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) and share this incredible pasta dish with all of you? This is one you should definitely add to your Feast of the Seven Fishes menu or any weeknight! Click here for more ideas for your Christmas Eve dinner. Local to Charlotte? Pick up some of these jumbo king crab legs at The Carolina Meat & Fish Co.!
I highly recommend using King Crab legs. If you must, you can substitute with snow crab. This recipe will make enough for four people, or three generous bowls.
Crabs legs typically come frozen and are already cooked, however they do need heated up. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place crab in pot and allow to “cook” for about five to seven minutes. The water does not have to be at a full boil after placing crab in pot. Remove crab and allow to cool a few minutes. Break apart shells to release the meat. I typically use kitchen shears for the legs. Try to keep the legs whole, if you can. Pick through the crab to ensure there is no remaining shell or cartilage.
As you are picking through the crab, bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Once you drop the pasta, in a separate pan heat up the butter and olive oil. Add the garlic and allow to infuse in the butter/oil. Do NOT brown.
Add the heavy whipping cream and nutmeg to the pan. Turn the heat up to medium/medium-high. Whisk often. You will notice the cream start to thicken a little. Slowly…I mean very slowly…whisk in the Parmesan cheese, a little bit at a time. If you add too much or too fast, the cheese will clump. Continue whisking until all of the cheese is incorporated. You should see a rich sauce form.
Add in a few pieces of the crab and about a tablespoon of the fresh parsley. Transfer the pasta directly from the water to the pot using tongs.
Toss to coat the pasta with the sauce. Add in the remaining crab and fresh parsley. Serve immediately and ENJOY!