Cheesy Crab Pasta Recipe (video)

Calling all seafood lovers! I have a new, amazing recipe for you to try – creamy, cheesy crab pasta made with real crab, mushrooms, pepper and loads of cheese! This dish is packed with so much incredible flavor, you’ll be floored! And, you can have this delicious pasta on your table in just 30 minutes!

cheesy crab pasta in pan

Ingredients for Crab Pasta

Here are the main ingredients you’ll need for this creamy seafood pasta recipe:

  • Crab: I recommend using real crab for this recipe. It can be a little more pricey than imitation crab but it’s worth the extra dollar. Real crab adds so much incredible flavor that just can’t be substituted!
  • Pasta: I used small pasta shells but you can make this recipe with just about any type of medium-sized pasta.
  • White Wine: for making the creamy sauce. Use a dry white wine, such as chardonnay, or cooking wine. If you don’t want to use wine in this recipe, replace it with seafood or veggie broth, then squeeze fresh lemon juice over the pasta once it’s done cooking.
  • Cream: for making the cream sauce. You can use regular or heavy cream.
  • Parmesan & Mozzarella Cheese: this combination of cheeses makes the sauce extra cheesy and creamy.
  • Peppers, Mushrooms, Tomatoes
  • Smoked Paprika: this aromatic spice adds tons of great smoky flavor to this dish!

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How to Make Cheesy Crab Pasta

Here’s how to make this easy seafood dinner:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, then add the mini pasta shells. Rotini or penne pasta will also work well. Cook to al dente, drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare the crab sauce. Preheat a large frying pan over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the onion, mushrooms and pepper; season lightly with salt and saute until onion is translucent.
  3. Next, add the garlic and diced tomato; saute for a few minutes. Add the crab, smoked paprika, dried basil, lemon juice and white wine. Stir all the ingredients together, then cover and simmer the mixture for 8 to 10 minutes, until the broth is reduced in half.
  4. Add the cream, grated Parmesan and grated mozzarella cheese. Add a sprinkle of chopped parsley. Simmer the sauce until the cheese is completely melted.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss it in the sauce, then serve.
creamy crab pasta with parsley

A Family Favorite!

This creamy crab pasta recipe has been in my family for years! The original recipe was for stuffed crab shells; we found the recipe in an old thrift-store cookbook. Stuffing shells can be a bit of a hassle, so I’ve tweaked the recipe a little bit over the years. I still enjoy the flavors of this dish just as much as I did when I was a child.

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Cheesy Crab Pasta Recipe (video)

15 mins prep + 25 mins cook
6 servings
Easy and creamy crab pasta with mushrooms and tomatoes in a creamy white wine sauce!

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 – 3/4 pound pasta shells
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 5 white mushrooms, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 pound crab; real or imitation
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup white wine, cooking wine, chardonnay or pinot grigio
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, then add the mini pasta shells. Rotini or penne pasta will also work well. Cook to al dente, drain and set aside.
  • Prepare the crab sauce. Preheat a large frying pan over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the onion, mushrooms and pepper; season lightly with salt and saute until onion is translucent.
  • Next, add the garlic and diced tomato; saute for a few minutes. Add the crab, smoked paprika, dried basil, lemon juice and white wine. Stir all the ingredients together, then cover and simmer the mixture for 8 to 10 minutes, until the broth is reduced in half.
  • Add the cream, grated Parmesan and grated mozzarella cheese. Add a sprinkle of chopped parsley. Simmer the sauce until the cheese is completely melted.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss it in the sauce, then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 1023mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1428IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 448mg | Iron: 2mg