Creole Tomato and Crab Linguine

Sweet crabmeat and juicy Creole tomatoes make a delicious pair in this easy pasta dish.

Creole Tomato and Crab Linguine
Makes 4 servings
  • ½ (16-ounce) package linguine
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small bulb fennel, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound Creole tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1½ cups grated Manchego cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (8-ounce) container jumbo lump crabmeat, drained and picked free of shell
  • 1 Creole tomato, thinly sliced
  • Garnish: grated Manchego cheese
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter with oil over medium heat. Add fennel; cook, stirring frequently, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute. Add chopped tomatoes, lemon zest and juice, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper; cook until tomatoes begin to fall apart, 4 to 5 minutes. Add reserved 1 cup cooking liquid and cheese; cook until thickened. Add pasta and parsley, tossing to coat. Fold in crab.
  3. Sprinkle tomato slices with remaining ½ teaspoon salt and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper. Divide tomato slices among plates. Top each serving with pasta mixture. Garnish with cheese, if desired.