Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 3/4 cups)

Because this pasta toss is light and delicately flavored, it's perfect for warmer weather. Feel free to "back pocket" your way around this dish, subbing shrimp or a flaky white fish for the crab and playing with other herbs like tarragon, chives, and chervil.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting fat and salt. Drain pasta over a bowl, reserving 3/4 cup pasta cooking liquid for the sauce.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add fennel; sauté 7 minutes. Add crushed red pepper, salt, and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add crab; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pasta and reserved 3/4 cup pasta cooking liquid; toss to coat. Stir in 3 tablespoons parsley.

Step 3

Divide pasta mixture among 4 bowls; top evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, basil, and mint. Serve with lemon wedges.

Adapted from Back Pocket Pasta: Inspired Dinners to Cook on the Fly, by Colu Henry

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