Jo Pratt’s delicious dish

Here’s another sumptuous recipe from the delightful celebrity chef Jo Pratt: she who confers delectability on our School News bulletins.

Recently, Jo’s been cooking up a storm on ITV’s Daily Cooks Challenge. This recipe shows why she ended up winning…

Jo Pratt’s Crab and Tenderstem Tagliatelle with Lemon and Basil

Serves: 2 | Preparation and cooking time: 10 mins


200-300g tagliatelle

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

200g pack Tenderstem broccoli

2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced

3 ripe tomatoes, quartered, de-seeded and diced

100g white crab meat, fresh or frozen

Grated zest and juice of ½ lemon

1 small bunch of basil leaves, finely sliced


This is a lovely recipe to serve as a starter when entertaining your best friends. It tastes quite stunning, so your guests will think you’ve been slaving away for hours. It is also fantastic as a midweek meal because it actually takes no time at all to put together – everyone’s a winner.

1. Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the tagliatelle until al dente.

2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Cut the Tenderstem into small pieces, about 1-2cm long. Add to the pan, along with the garlic, and fry until the Tenderstem is becoming tender, and colouring slightly on the tips.

3. Increase the heat and add the diced tomatoes to the pan. Fry for just a minute or so before adding the crab meat, lemon zest and lemon juice.

4. Toss gently until the crab is heated through. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper before mixing into the tagliatelle, basil and the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil. Serve straight away.


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Note: you can also find this recipe where it was originally published, by clicking here.