I’ve talked many times about my Italian grandmother and the way she showed her love with food. My love of serving others through food stems from these memories. Here’s a post where I talked about how she made our favorite dishes when my family made the ten hour drive to visit her (it also includes one of my very favorite meals!).
I have loved crab marinara ever since Nanny first made if for me. It is still one of my favorites and I think of her every time I make it. I don’t have her recipe but I’ve come up with my own version that tastes like I remember hers did. The main difference is that Nanny used tiny whole crab legs from a can. I’ve never seen these and probably wouldn’t use them if I did find them. I use the good lump crabmeat and add some claws to make it pretty and because it’s awesomely messy and fun to pull the sweet crab out of the claws that have been simmering in sauce. Gosh it’s good!
I don’t make this often because the lump crabmeat is expensive. But… using it in a sauce over pasta is a great way to extend crab so it serves more people. It’s a good company dish!
Make this for someone you love. It will make them feel special. Unless they have a seafood allergy. Then it’s probably not a good idea