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While Dungeness crab may seem like a splurge for a weeknight, when you add it to this family favorite a little goes a long way.

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Credit: Colin Price; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

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45 mins
Serves 4


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  • Arrange an oven rack 5 in. from heat and preheat broiler. Cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well, then rinse with cold water. Drain again and set aside.

  • In a small bowl, mix panko, parmesan, oil, and thyme. Set aside.

  • Melt butter in a large ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat. Add flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne; cook, whisking, until bubbling and light tan, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Add milk and cook, whisking, until small bubbles appear at edge of pan and sauce just begins to thicken, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add cheddar, and whisk until blended. Add crab and reserved pasta; toss gently to mix and heat through.

  • Spread crab mixture evenly in pan and scatter with panko mixture. Transfer to oven and broil until bread crumbs are well browned, about 1 minute. Top with green onions.

  • Wine pairing: Cinder 2015 Dry Viognier (Washington and Idaho; $18).

Nutrition Facts

1018 calories; calories from fat 42%; protein 59g; fat 48g; saturated fat 29g; carbohydrates 88g; fiber 3.6g; sodium 1241mg; cholesterol 185mg.