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- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 slices country ham or 2 slices prosciutto, cut into thin strips
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1⁄2 cup sliced shallot
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 3⁄4 cup dry white wine
- 1⁄2 lb lump crabmeat
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons chopped thyme
- 1⁄2 lb dried angel hair pasta
- fresh ground pepper
- crushed red pepper flakes (about 2-3 pinches)
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- In a deep skillet, heat the oil.
- Add the ham and cook over moderate heat, tossing, until hot; using tongs, transfer to a paper-lined plate.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the skillet.
- Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat until softened, 4 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Add the wine and boil until reduced by half, 2 minutes.
- Add the crab and thyme and toss until hot.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain, reserving 2/3 cup of the cooking water.
- Add the ham, pasta, reserved cooking water, crushed red pepper flakes (if using) and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet; toss.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Garnish the pasta with the parsley and serve in bowls.