How to re-create this recipe:
- Good quality Olive Oil
- 5 oz of dried Squid Ink Artisanal Pasta
- 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp of unsalted room temperature butter
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 1 Tsp of Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 Tsp of Saffron
- 1 Ear of Fresh Corn
- 10 previously cooked and defrosted Jonah Crab Claws
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 a Lemon
Putting it together:
- Bring 2 cups of water to a brisk simmer in a small stock pot. Fill 3/4 of a medium sized stock pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Have a large saute pan handy.
- Mince the 2 Garlic cloves and set aside. Take the 1 Ear of corn and stand it upright. Using a sharp knife, shave the corn kernals off the ear of corn and set aside.
- While you are waiting for your water to come up to a brisk simmer in 1 pot and a roaring boil in another, make your SIMPLE sauce for your pasta.
- In a large saute pan on medium heat, saute your minced garlic in the 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil ( stir frequently to avoid burning the garlic). Add the Red Pepper flakes, 1 Tsp of Saffron and all the corn Kernals. Saute for a few minutes until all the flavors meld together. Squeeze half a lemon into the saute pan and add Salt to taste. Turn the pan off.
- When Water is boiling in the Medium pot, add your pasta and cook for only 3 minutes (follow directions on the pasta product you are choosing and DO NOT overcook pasta).
- Strain your pasta and add all of it to the Saute Pan. Turn the heat back on and toss the pasta in all the ingredients. You can add a little more salt to taste.
- While Pasta is heating up, in the small stockpot, drop the Jonah Crab Claws for only a minute (You are just heating them up in the water).
- With a slotted spoon, take the Crab claws out of the water and set aside.
- Prepare 2 bowls and add your pasta in the middle of the bowls. Around the bowl, add your Crab Claws.
Nourishment for your body: Squid Ink is produced by Squids as a defense mechanism. The ink is harvested as a coloring agent for pasta and risotto (rice dishes). The Squid Ink is rich in Iron and Antioxidants. Corn contains vitamins A, B, and E. It is high in fiber and contains protein and minerals. It is rich in Beta-Carotene. Jonah Crab Claws have flaky white meat with a sweet flavor. They are rich in protein but crab meat should probably be eaten sparingly due to them containing cholesterol and sodium.
Tips when cooking: When you purchase corn in season, there is no need to cook it. The flavor is naturally sweet and you can just shave it right off the cob and add it to your salads, soups or any dish you fancy corn on. Saffron is a spice that looks like delicate red threads. It is used to color and season food. They are plucked from Crocus Flowers and dried. Jonah Crab Claws can be purchased frozen. Whenever you decide to make this dish, just defrost however many claws you want in the fridge the night before.
Don’t let the title of this recipe throw you off ! It is simple to make with little prep time. Waiting for the water to boil is what takes the longest! This is a great meal to make for a romantic night in on a summer night.