Italian Essentials: Crab with Lemony/Creamy Pasta

Andy Anderson !


This is an awesome recipe with amazing, lip smacking, taste. Plus, if you have all your ingredients prepped, you can have it on the table in about 30 quick minutes.

The proportions in this recipe will serve 2 people with some leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day… Unless you are REALLY hungry.

A great dish...

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top




  • 3 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 c
    breadcrumbs, with italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice
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    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

  • 8 oz
    pasta, your choice
  • 4 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 clove
    garlic minced
  • 1/2 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 1/4 c
    heavy cream
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 8 oz
    jumbo lump crab meat, picked through for shells
  • 1/4 c
    parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste

  • ·
    shrimp or scallops… why not?
  • ·
    strips of red or green bell pepper, for taste and color
  • ·
    other veggies of your own choosing
  • ·
    additional parmesan cheese

How to Make Italian Essentials: Crab with Lemony/Creamy Pasta


  2. Making it a One-Pot Dish
    For this recipe you will need one large skillet or pot, large enough to hold all of the ingredients. I made this a one-pot dinner, by boiling the noodles in a large skillet, wiping it out and making the lemon breadcrumb topping, then wiping it out and making the pasta sauce. You do not have to do that; however, it made cleanup a snap.
  3. The lemon breadcrumb topping can be used in many recipes; especially fish and seafood. Once made, it can be stored in the freezer for several months. I have even used it as a crunchy topping on a baked potato.
  4. I used Penne pasta for this dish; however, any old pasta will do just fine.
  5. Can You Freeze It?
    I did try freezing a portion of the dish, but after thawing it came out with a grainy texture. It is true that you can buy dishes similar to this in the frozen section of your grocer; however, the reason their frozen sauces do not come out grainy is because they add chemicals (which I do not want in my body) to the sauce to prevent that from happening.

    FYI: The Lemon Breadcrumb Topping freezes quite well.

    Have a nice day :-)
  6. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  8. Add the butter to a pot or skillet over medium heat, and then add the breadcrumbs.
  9. Stir until they begin to get toasty, but do not let them burn.
  10. Remove from the heat, then toss in the garlic, zest, and lemon juice.
  11. Stir to combine, season with a bit of pepper (salt if you wish), then reserve.
  12. If you are using the same pan for the sauce, wipe it out, and return to the stovetop.
  14. Place the pan over medium heat and add the butter.
  15. After the butter has melted, toss in the minced garlic, and stir until fragrant, about 60 seconds.
  16. Add the chicken stock, heavy cream, and red pepper flakes.
  17. I usually whisk the heavy cream, and the chicken stock together in a measuring cup, and pour it into the pan.
  18. Stir until the sauce begins simmering, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  19. Continue simmering and stirring for an additional 5 minutes.
  20. Add the parmesan cheese and stir until it is melted into the sauce.
  21. If you feel the sauce is too thick, add about a tablespoon of the reserved pasta water at a time, until you achieve the desired consistency… You will probably not need to do this step.
  22. Add the pasta, and toss, for about 1 minute.
  23. Throw in the crab, and gently toss until combined and heated through, about an additional minute.
  24. I use a pair of tongs to do the tossing. I find that it is gentler on the pasta, and does not break up crab, as a large spoon might do.
  26. Sprinkle on some of the lemon breadcrumb topping, and maybe a bit more parmesan cheese, then serve while nice and warm; possibly with some crusty Italian bread, and a nice clean chardonnay. Enjoy.
  27. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Italian Essentials: Crab with Lemony/Creamy Pasta

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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