John Torode's crab linguine

With Celebrity MasterChef returning to our screens this evening, John’s with us today to see how Phillip & Holly compare. 

They’ll be going head-to-head in the kitchen to try and master his delicious summer crab linguine. But who will be the winner? John will be giving his tough verdict on their finished dishes.

Serves: 4


50ml olive oil

400g linguini 

1 banana shallot, diced 

1 clove garlic, grated 

1 tbsp butter 

300g fresh crab meat 

1 red chilli, diced 

1 lemon, zest and juice

Handful fresh parsley, chopped 

50ml white wine

Good handful of wild rocket 

Salt and pepper to taste

For the pangritata

30ml olive oil 

Handful old bread, broken up 

1 clove garlic, crushed 

Sprinkle of fresh thyme 


1. Fill a large pan with hot water and bring it to the boil. Add a good teaspoon of salt and a drizzle of olive oil and cook the linguini according to the packet instructions. 

2. Next, heat the rest of the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the shallots, garlic and butter

3. When warmed through, add the crab meat and chilli

4. Drop in the cooked spaghetti, add the lemon zest and chopped parsley

5. Squeeze in a little of the lemon juice and add the white wine. Drop the rocket on top and mix through. 

6. To make the pangritata, heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the bread, garlic and thyme. Stir and fry to a ‘toast’ until lightly golden.

7. Top the linguine with the pangritata. Serve and enjoy!