Recipe: Bucatini with Crayfish, Jalapeño and Basil
Crayfish are the stars of this recipe from Mario Batali.
Serves 8 to 10 as a first course and 6 as an entree
5 pounds crayfish, boiled, cooled, tails removed and shells discarded to yield 8 ounces shelled tail meat, or use 8 ounces frozen crayfish tail meat, thawed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 jalapeño peppers, cored, seeded and julienned
2 cups basic tomato sauce
2 tablespoons salt
1 1/2 pounds bucatini pasta
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Grated zest of 2 lemons
1. Pick through the crayfish tail meat and discard any bits of shell.
2. Bring 8 quarts of water to a boil in a large pasta pot.
3. In a 14-inch saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and jalapeños, and cook until the garlic is light golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and cook until slightly dense, about 3 minutes. Lower the heat to a simmer.
4. Add the salt to the boiling water. Drop the bucatini into the water and cook for 1 minute less than the package instructions indicate. Just before it is done, carefully ladle 1/4 cup of the cooking water into the tomato-jalapeño sauce, and add the crayfish to the sauce too.
5. Drain the pasta in a colander and add it into the crayfish mixture. Add the basil and lemon zest, and toss over medium heat for about 30 seconds, until the pasta is nicely coated. Pour into a warmed serving bowl, and serve immediately.
From "Molto Batali" by Mario Batali