Angel hair pasta with crab meat and country ham

This is Week #2 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food & Wine Annual Cookbook 2010.

This recipe was awesome. I considered telling you how awesome I thought it was, but I won't do that. It's a bit embarrassing. Let's just say I can eat a lot when I want to. I remember my mom always saying that when I was younger, and even sometimes now when I see her. "You sure can eat a lot." Thanks, Mom! It's true, though. I can.

I have a feeling there will be a handful of recipes that I make for this challenge that I won't love and that I won't recommend, but this was not one of them. This was, again, awesome. I'm getting repetitive, sorry.

Start out by cutting 2 slices of ham into strips. (I used 3 slices because I have a slight love affair with ham.)

Slice enough shallots to fill 1/2 cup (or slice a few green onions if you forget to buy shallots).

Grab a deep skillet and heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add the ham and cook over medium heat, tossing, until hot. Using tongs is helpful.

Transfer the ham to a plate.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the skillet.

Add the shallots (or green onions) and cook over medium heat until they are softened, about 4 minutes.

Add 1 clove of minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Add 3/4 cup of dry white wine and boil until it is reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

Chop 1/2 pound of crabmeat.

Add the crabmeat to the skillet, along with 1 1/2 teaspoons of thyme. Toss until hot.

Cook 1/2 pound of angel hair pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 2/3 cup of the cooking water. Don't accidentally dip your finger into the boiling water like some people might do.

Add the ham, pasta, reserved cooking water and 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and toss until hot. Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with fresh, chopped parsley. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

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