Spicy Crab Pasta

Spicy Crab Pasta


"I made this up once when I was short on groceries. Surprisingly, it was super easy! The amounts for the spices are just my recommendation, but really it's just to taste."

Ingredients 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 361 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 361 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 46.1g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 13.2 g
  • 26%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 961 mg
  • 38%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add farfalle pasta, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  2. Melt the butter in a separate pot. Mix in crabmeat and tomatoes. Season with red pepper, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir 10 minutes. Toss with cooked pasta to serve.
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  1. 56 Ratings


Although I made some changes due to either what I had on hand or personal taste, I'm still rating it a four because the basic idea was great and it gave me a good start. I just happened to have king crab legs in the freezer which I thawed, removed the meat and saved the shells to cook in the sauce. (which, by the way, gave the sauce an amazing flavor) Definitely did not see the need to even use butter, let alone that much of it. I simply sauteed onion, fresh garlic (no salt) paprika and red bell pepper in a bit of olive oil, added two cans of diced tomatoes along with the legs and let it simmer. Once done, I added in the crab meat just long enough to heat thru. I decreased the amount of red pepper flakes, but they really added just the right amount of spice to the dish. Thanks so much!


This will be on the menu a lot, a great light dinner. I did make a few changes; I used half the pasta (just 2 for dinner), fresh garlic (3 cloves), and only 2 TBSP of butter (and the red pepper flakes to taste - ie. definitely less then 1 1/2 TBSP!). We loved it made like this, but the sauce wasn't necessarily saucy, I don't know what it would have been like if I had used the recipes pasta amount. I did add about 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water when adding the crab tomato mixture to the pasta. Sprinkled a bit of parm cheese over the top. Delicious.


This is an easy and versatile meal that tastes great!! You can substitute the garlic powder for fresh garlic and add onions too. I also added extra tomatoes and a drop of olive oil.