This was one of those Jamie meals that I've been anticipating for quite a while, ever since I saw it on the TV programmes. But crab is not really an everyday meal, it's rather expensive for that. Despite that this is lovely and tasty. I think I've used more anchovies in the last few weeks cooking out this book than ever before, but they do give dishes a lots of easy flavour.
1/2-1 red chilli
2 spring onions
2 garlic cloves
1 heaped tsp fennel seeds
2 anchovy fillets
1/2 bunch fresh basil
320g dried spaghetti
300g crabmeat, brown and white
Halve the chilli, carrots and spring onions and put them in a food processor with the garlic, fennel seeds, anchovies and basil stalks. Blitz until finely chopped. Tip into a casserole pan with 1 tbsp oil, stirring often.
Finely grate the lemon zest over the veg. Add the brown crabmea, a splash of white wine and the passata, then stir, cover and leave to simmer for about 5 mins.
Roughly chop the basil leaves and sprinkle most into the sauce with the white crabmeat, the squeeze in the juice of the lemon. Loosen the sauce with the pasta water if needed, the drain the spaghetti and top into a large bowl. Spoon the sauce over the top and serve scattered with the reserved basil.