Linguine with Crab, Lemon, Chile and Mint
Unsalted Butter, divided
Olive Oil, divided
|1/4 Cup||Minced Shallots|
|1 tsp.||Minced Garlic|
|1 or 2||
Fresno Chiles, Red Jalapenos, or Red Thai Chiles- Seeded, Sliced into thin rounds
Lemon Zest, divided
|Freshly Ground Black Pepper|
|8 Oz.||Cooked, Shelled Dungeness Crab, King Crab, or Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, picked over for shells.|
|1/3 Cup||Fresh Mint Leaves, gently torn, divided|
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring constantly until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
Meanwhile, melt 1 Tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and stir until just soft, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and one chile and cook, stirring often until fragrant, about one minute.
Add 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice and 3 tablespoons pasta cooking liquid to shallot mixture; add a pinch of pepper. Stir until liquid is almost evaporated, about one minute.
Transfer pasta to skillet and add 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook, tossing pasta or stirring with tongs, until liquid is almost evaporated and pasta becomes glossy, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, crab, half of mint and more chile rounds, if desired.
Stir pasta until butter melts and pasta is well coated, adding more pasta cooking liquid if dry. Divide between bowls; top with remaining one teaspoon lemon zest and mint. Sprinkle with more lemon juice, if desired.