Crabs with Pasta

(Serves 10)

⅔ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

14 whole Garlic Cloves

2 tsp.  Salt 

⅛ tsp. Hot Pepper Flakes

20 Basil Leaves chopped 

8 -16 oz Cans Whole Peeled Tomatoes. 

24 – Whole Crabs backs removed and cleaned well.

3 lbs. Pasta (I use Spaghetti)


In a very large saucepan (I believe mine is 2 gallons)  heat the olive oil and add the whole garlic cloves. Sauté the garlic on a very low flame until fork tender. Add the salt and hot pepper. Add 10 basil leaves chopped to the oil. On a very low flame sautée for about 3 to 5 minutes. 

In the meantime, crush 4 cans of the tomatoes with your hands. Purée the other 4 cans using a hand blender. Remove the garlic and mash it with a fork. Add it back to the oil. Add the tomatoes to the olive oil/garlic mixture. Raise to medium heat and add black pepper. Once the sauce begins to boil add the crabs. Cook for about two hours. Boil your pasta. Just before mixing the pasta and the sauce add the other 10 basil leaves to the sauce. At this point, give the sauce a taste and see if you need to adjust any seasonings. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and toss it with the sauce. 

Quick recipe note. This makes about a gallon of sauce. You can freeze any leftover sauce that you have and use for another time. Trust me it is worth it. 

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