Saturday, February 23, 2013

Imitation Crab Linguine

1 lb. Linguine
2 Tbsp. olive oil
6 Tbsp. butter
1 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp. garlic minced
1 tsp. Old Bay
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 cups half & half
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 lb. Imitation Crab, cut into bite size pieces
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta in a large pot according to package directions until al dente.  Drain reserving 1/4 cup of liquid.  Return linguine to pot and toss with olive oil and reserved cooking liquid.  Cover to keep warm.

In a large skillet melt butter over medium high heat.  Add onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and Old Bay cooking.  Cook stirring constantly about 1 minute.  Add chicken broth, half & half, lemon juice and cook, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes and mixture has slightly reduced.  Add imitation crab and cook until warmed.  Add 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and pasta.  Toss to coat with sauce.  Remove from heat and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of cheese. 

Comment:  This can be made with real crab but due to it's cost I've found quite a taste for the Imitation in my recipes.  I made this dish for a dear friend who actually loves the Imitation Crab with it's delicately sweet taste.  She loved it and so did everyone that was lucky enough to give this one a try.
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