CREAMY CRAB AND RED PEPPER SAUCE

CREAMY CRAB AND RED PEPPER SAUCE

1 pound your favorite pasta shape, uncooked
1 cup dry white wine
1 shallot
OR
1 small yellow onion (about 1/2 cup), finely diced
2 small cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups skim milk
1 4-ounce jar pimientos, well-drained
8 ounces jumbo lump backfin
OR
8 ounces special crabmeat, picked over for shells
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.

  2. Pour the wine into a large, non-reactive saucepan. Add shallot and garlic and place the saucepan over high heat. Boil until almost all wine has evaporated. There should be a small amount of moisture in the bottom of the pan. Stir in butter or margarine and cook over medium-low heat until it melts. Stir in the flour and blend completely. With a whisk, very gradually stir in the milk. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook slowly for five minutes.

  3. In the meantime, purée the pimientos in a food processor or blender. Stir the pimiento purée and the crabmeat into the sauce and season with salt. Bring the sauce back to a simmer and cook slowly for 2 or 3 more minutes.

Toss sauce with cooked pasta and serve immediately.