4 to 6 servings

1 pound linguine

Salt and pepper

1 cup crème fraîche

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Pinch of cayenne

1 pound cooked crab meat, lump if possible

1 serrano or jalapeño chili, seeds removed and finely chopped, or less to taste

2 tablespoons finely cut chives

6 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle

1 tablespoon tarragon leaves, roughly chopped

Cilantro sprigs, for garnish

1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Add linguine and a generous amount of salt and cook until al dente.

2. Meanwhile, in a wide skillet, warm the crème fraîche over medium heat. Stir in mustard and cayenne and season with salt and pepper. Add crab meat, stir to coat, and heat through.

3. Drain pasta and add to skillet. Toss gently to coat pasta, taking care not to break up the crab meat too much. Add the chili, chives, scallions and tarragon and toss to coat. Transfer to a warm serving dish and garnish with cilantro sprigs.

— David Tanis, The New York Times