Fettuccine With Crab And Asparagus

  • Fettuccine With Crab and Asparagus.

    Fettuccine With Crab and Asparagus. Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky

Posted5/29/2019 6:00 AM

1 bunch (about 12 ounces) thick asparagus

12 ounces dried whole-wheat fettuccine (may substitute dried whole-grain spaghetti)


¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 cup dry white wine

1 cup seafood stock

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest and 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

½ teaspoon salt, or more as needed

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pound lump crabmeat, drained and picked over to remove any bits of cartilage

2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

Cut off the asparagus tips (reserving them); then, using a sharp vegetable peeler, and holding each spear by its woody ends against a cutting board, peel the stalks into long, thin strips. Discard the woody ends.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions, until al dente. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.

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Meanwhile, add 2 tablespoons of the oil and the garlic to a large, deep skillet over medium heat; cook for about 5 minutes, stirring, until the garlic is lightly golden, being careful not to let it burn.

Add the wine (be careful, it will sputter at first) and the stock; bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for about 5 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by about half.

Add the asparagus tips and strips, the lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Let the mixture start to bubble again, then cook for about 2 minutes, just until the asparagus is crisp-tender. Stir in the crabmeat and cook for about 1 minute, just long enough for it to warm through.

Add the asparagus-crab mixture to the cooked pasta in the pot, along with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, the tarragon and parsley. Toss gently to incorporate. Taste and season lightly with more salt, if needed.


Garnish with more parsley and serve warm.

Serves 4 to 6

Nutrition | Per serving: 470 calories, 21 g protein, 45 g carbohydrates, 22 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 70 mg cholesterol, 590 mg sodium, 7 g dietary fiber, 2 g sugar

(From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger. Krieger is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and author who hosts public television's "Ellie's Real Good Food.")

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