Crestview resident Sherri Williams has won a national pasta cooking contest.


Crestview resident Sherri Williams has won a national pasta cooking contest.



The National Pasta Association Pasta Fits program's Pasta Presto contest asked consumers nationwide to submit entries for the chance to win $1,500.



Judges selected three finalists, including Williams' Couscous Crab Pearl Pepper Poppers. An Oklahoma woman and a California woman also qualified, but most Pasta Fits Facebook fans voted for Williams' recipe, which is listed below.



Pasta Fits, a culinary education program, celebrates delicious, healthy and budget-conscious meals.



Couscous Crab Pearl Pepper Poppers



5-ounce box pearled couscous, mixed basil and herb



8 ounces crab meat



cup extra virgin olive oil, divided



juice of 1 lemon



cup tablespoons pimentos, chopped



cup gourmet peppers, chopped



2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped



1 teaspoon red pepper flakes



20 peppeadew peppers



Directions:



Cook couscous according to package; allow cooling.



Combine crab meat, two-thirds of the olive oil, lemon juice, pimentos, gourmet peppers, parsley and pepper flakes in a mixing bowl.



Stuff peppers with couscous filling. Chill until ready to serve, and drizzle with remaining olive oil.



Makes 20 poppers.