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Farfalle with Crabmeat and Oregano Butter
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Farfalle with Crabmeat and Oregano Butter


For a more intense tomato flavor, reconstitute the sun-dried tomatoes in the white wine called for in the recipe. Just bring the tomatoes and wine to a simmer in a small nonreactive saucepan, then remove from the heat to steep until the tomatoes are plumped. Chop the tomatoes and add them with the wine to the saucepan in Step 2.


  1. 8 sun-dried tomato halves
  2. 1 cup boiling water
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1 large shallot, minced
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/2 cup dry white wine
  7. 1/4 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  8. 1/2 pound fresh Dungeness or lump crabmeat, carefully picked over
  9. 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or marjoram
  10. 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  11. Kosher salt
  12. Freshly ground pepper
  13. 1 pound farfalle
  14. 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  1. In a small nonreactive heat-proof bowl, cover the sun-dried tomato halves with the boiling water and set aside until softened, about 20 minutes. Drain the tomatoes and chop them coarsely.
  2. Fill a large pot with water, cover and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large nonreactive saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and boil over high heat until almost evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Gently stir in the crabmeat and oregano and cook until heated though, about 2 minutes. Remove from the pan from the heat and add the butter; stir until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add salt and the farfalle to the boiling water. Cover partially until the water just returns to a boil, then uncover, stir the pasta and cook until al dente.
  4. Drain the pasta and transfer it to a large warmed serving bowl. Pour the crab sauce over the farfalle, add the chopped parsley and toss well. Serve at once.
Serve With
A tossed green salad.

Suggested Pairing

The crisp and flowery flavors of the Ronco del Gnemiz Tocai Friulano highlight the delicate sweetness of the crab.