On a trip to Vegas my husband tried a similar Mario Batali dish with black pasta, crab, and a spicy cream sauce. He loved it and we tried to recreate it at home. We tried using the crab we could find in the grocer but it ended up stringy in the sauce. It would work well with large king crab chunks but we found that shrimp were much easier and just as tasty!
8 ounces black tagliatelle pasta (similar to fettuccine)
2 tbs. olive oil
1 celery stalk, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapenos, chopped fine
1/2 pound raw jumbo shrimp, cleaned and deveined
2 tbs. flour
1/2 cup half and half
Salt and pepper
1. Cook pasta according to instructions.
2. Saute garlic, celery, and onion in olive oil over medium heat until celery is soft and cooked through; 5-7 minutes. Add jalapeno and shrimp; cook until shrimp turn pink; 3-4 minutes. Turn heat to low, add flour and half and half. Cook on low 1-2 minutes until sauce thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add pasta to sauce and serve warm.