For my Sister’s birthday we went to a Crab House and got a half bushel of steamed crabs. Mmmm I love Maryland Steamed Crabs!! All that Old Bay and deliciousness. What we didn’t eat we brought home and the next day I picked the meat out of the remaining crabs and decided to use it in this recipe which turned out so well I am going to have to get some more and do it again!
Maryland Crab & Shrimp Alfredo: Serves 4
1/2lbs Shrimp – Peeled & De-veined
1/2lbs Blue Crab (cooked)
1/2C Chicken Stock
1/4C Cream Cheese (I use 1/3 less fat)
1/4C Parmesan Cheese – Shredded
1tsp Olive Oil
1/2-3/4lbs Fresh Spinach
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook your pasta until it is al dente. Drain and set to the side.
In a large saute pan place the olive oil over medium heat and toss in the shrimp with about 1/2tsp of old bay. Stir it all together and cook the shrimp, flipping once until cooked through and no longer translucent. Remove the shrimp to a bowl and cover to keep warm. Add the spinach to the saute pan and add about 1/2C of the pasta water (or if you have drained it already a 1/2C of regular water will do just fine!) sprinkle some old bay onto it and wilt it down over medium heat. Once the spinach is fully cook remove it to a colander and use a spoon to push out as much of the liquid as possible, add it to the bowl of shrimp.
In a blender (or with a fork and some elbow grease) mix together the milk, chicken stock, flour, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and approximately 1/4-1/2tsp of Old Bay. Put the mix into the saute pan and turn over medium-low to medium heat and stir constantly while it thickens. Once it has thickened to a gravy like consistency add the pasta, shrimp, spinach and crab meat to the pan, toss it all together to heat it through, remove it from the heat, cover with a lid and let it sit for 4-5 minutes to let all the flavors mix together.
Cook pasta…. cook shrimp in a pan tossed with olive oil and some old bay (peel them before hand). Mix together the milk, stock, flour, cream cheese, parm, and some old bay. Cook the spinach in a pot with about 1/2C of the pasta water to wilt it down…drain and squeeze out excess liquid. Drain the pasta and put to the side, put the milk mix in the pasta pot and cook over medium heat till it thickens up, add the pasta, shrimp, crab and spinach to the pot and toss to coat it all.
Split into bowls, sprinkle with a little Old Bay for color and serve!
WW: 10 Points Plus / serving