Crab Pasta (Your Next Date, Guaranteed)

The nuances of cooking for a date are endless. You need to opt for a menu that’s quick to cook and assemble so you don’t spend the evening with your face inside a pan, whilst simultaneously making you look like a pro. Short of going for a Deliveroo in disguise, it’s a nightmare. Enter stage right – our foolproof date night dish.

PS – We would also suggest doing a dessert. You’ll look like a boss, you’ve made an effort, PLUS the evening won’t be over in 30 minutes. We’ve got your back hun, plenty of easy pudding recipes here.

Crab Butter and Fizz Fettuccini


Begin with a fizz cocktail (always). It’s outrageously easy and you’ll look like a boss.

Adding crab and fizz completely elevates a humble bowl of pasta, whilst still seeming understated. The sweetness of the Prosecco enriches the crab and butter sauce while the crumb and samphire add colour, texture and a bit of a kick.

Don’t cheat on using fresh pasta. It’s delicious and quicker than dried pasta.

Serves two.


Fizz cocktail:
Champagne (if it’s the week before payday Cava’s fine. Don’t use Prosecco)
Sugar cube
Angostura bitters

Sparking Wine and Crab Fettuccini
160g Fresh egg Fettuccini
1/2 bottle Prosecco
75g Butter
2 Shallots, finely chopped
60g White crab meat
30g Brown crab meat
1 small pack Samphire
Small bunch of parsley
Squeeze of lemon juice

Scotch Bonnet Crumb (optional, but you’d totally be missing out)
Big handful Panko breadcrumbs
1 tbsp our scotch bonnet chilli oil – recipe here


Make Ahead: Scotch Bonnet Crumb (optional), recipe here

1 – Pasta (begin 60/80 mins before arrival, depending on your chopping skills)
Sweat the shallots in 15g of the butter until translucent. Pour in the fizz and boil down until you are left with a glaze. Try not to get drunk on the fumes. Whisk or ‘mount’ the remaining cold butter into the shallot and Prosecco glaze until you have a buttery sauce, add a squeeze of lemon juice and season.

Tip a boiled kettle into a second pan, blanch the samphire in the water for 30 seconds, drain in colander and run under cold water to stop it cooking further or going brown.

2 – Have a glass of wine, clean your bathroom

3 – Welcome your date
Pour them a champagne cocktail. Place a sugar cube in a champagne flute and add a few drops of bitters. Top with fizz. Hang out, don’t get too drunk.

4 – When you’re hungry
Re-heat the sauce over a low heat and chop the parsley. Bring a pan of salted boiling water to a rolling boil and add the fettuccini, cook for 2 mins.

Transfer the Fettuccini to the pan with the sauce, reserving some of the starchy pasta cooking water.  Stir until all of the pasta is fully coated and add a slug of the water to loosen. Also throw in the crab, samphire, chopped parsley and mix well.

Divide the pasta between two bowls, topping with Scotch bonnet crumb.


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