This is a left of centre dish and one I was slightly suspicious about; where would the flavour come from? Would it be too subtle?
I substituted Spider Crab for Blue Swimmer Crab (given that Spider Crabs are found fairly much only in the northern hemisphere) and increased slightly the quantity of both the crab and prawn.
Carluccio says to garnish with dill or parsley though the dill is the way to go; it keeps the aniseed flavour lingering longer, really pulling the whole dish together. Seriously, if you had this pasta in a top restaurant, you would not be surprised. Its simplicity and flavour is that good.
350gm dried medium farfalle pasta
3 tbsp finely chopped dill (or fresh flat-leaf parsley)
250gm ready prepared (spider) crab meat
150gm small raw prawns (I used 500gm medium prawns)
1 aubergine (eggplant), peeled and cut into slices
Salt and pepper to taste
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
150gm leeks, finely chopped (I used one leek)
1 tbsp fennel seeds
50ml White wine
- Boil the prawns for about 2 – 3 minutes, drain and peel.
- Cook the aubergine in slightly salted water until soft; about five minutes. Mash.
- Heat the pol in a large saucepan and fry the garlic and leeks until soft; do not let them brown. Add the fennel seeds and the mashed aubergine and fry for a few minutes before adding the wine and mixing well. Cook gently for a few more minutes.
- Add the crab and the prawns, stir and heat through and taste for salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente.
- Drain well and mix with the sauce. Serve sprinkled with dill (or parsley).