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Pasta with Fava Beans, Crab, Thyme, and Cream

(recipe, Jessica MacMurray Blaine)


This sauce was adapted from one of Marché restaurant’s most popular spring dishes. The restaurant uses something similar as the filling for a crab Napoleon, and shaves some white truffle over the top, but it’s equally lovely tossed with pasta.


  1. 1 lb. dried pasta, such as linguine or pappardelle
  2. 1 Tbsp. butter
  3. 1 large shallot, minced
  4. 3 Tbsp. minced fresh thyme
  5. 2 cups heavy cream
  6. 8 oz. cooked Dungeness crab meat, picked through to remove any shell bits
  7. ½ cup English peas, shucked and blanched
  8. 1 cup fava beans, shelled, blanched, and peeled
  9. Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta while you're preparing the sauce.
  2. Sauté the butter, shallot, and thyme for a minute or two over medium heat, until the butter is melted and the shallot is beginning to soften. Add the cream, turn up the heat a bit, and reduce just until the cream starts to thicken, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the crab, peas, and favas while the cream reduces. (The vegetables and crab are already cooked, so the key is to just warm them through without overcooking them.) Adjust the seasoning; the pasta will mellow the flavors, so be careful not to underseason.
  3. Toss with the pasta and serve immediately.


Read more about favas in Jessica MacMurray Blaine's "Favas."