Penne with crab recipe

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Canned crab meat is perfect for this dish, and makes an economical, fuss-free alternative to fresh.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 250g penne or other pasta shapes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 smoked turkey or rindless bacon rashers, roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small bulb of fennel, thinly sliced crossways
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 125ml orange juice
  • 170g can white crab meat, drained
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:45min

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 10–12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the smoked turkey or bacon and sauté for 4 minutes until lightly crisped. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion is tender. Add the pepper and fennel and cook for 7 minutes until softened.
  3. Drain the pasta and keep warm, reserving 125ml of the cooking liquid. Stir this liquid into the pan with the tomatoes and their juice and the orange juice. Season with salt and pepper, and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the fennel is tender and the sauce is a good coating consistency.
  4. Stir in the crab meat and heat gently for just 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish. Add the pasta, toss to combine and serve.


*There is no need to buy a premium, chilled orange juice for this sauce. Use a long-life juice or squeeze your own fresh oranges. *Multi-packs of canned tomatoes are often on ‘special offer’ so buy them when keenly priced and keep several cans in your storecupboard.

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Penne in a white cream sauce with crab!

I used real crab meat, so while the pasta was cooking, I quickly steamed them and removed the meat Set aside.

On a low to medium heat in saue pan add the cream cheese and garlic and wisk (I use wire) until smooth. Raise heat a bit to medium and slowly begin adding the milk while stiring (making sure lumps are gone).

I popped the broccoli in the microwave at this point. In a bowl, 2tbls of water and broccoli then covered with a plate. Cooked on regular setting for 2-1/2 minutes.

Add parmesan, pepper, basil and crab meat and add broccoli when bell chimes : ) Remove from heat. will thicken as it stands.

Measure 4oz pasta and pour sauce over. Enjoy!

Note: My grocery store sells legs in packs (ones that have been broken) for cheap. I was able to get about 1/2 cup from a $2.25 purchase, so I would take a look at your local grocer if your interested in real crab meat.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente drain.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Stir in garlic, basil, oregano, parsley, tomato, salt and pepper, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until melted. (Add meat, if desired, at this time.) Heat through, toss with cooked pasta and serve.

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Recipe Summary

  • 8 ounces dried fettucine
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces crabmeat, flaked

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente drain. Keep warm and covered.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook until garlic releases its aroma, about 2 minutes, being careful not to let the garlic brown. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Reduce heat, and cook, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Add the half-and-half and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

Add the cream cheese and Parmesan cheese to the sauce and stir until cheeses melt and mixture is smooth. Mix in the crabmeat and continue cooking until crabmeat is heated through, about 3 minutes.

Divide the fettucine between 2 plates or bowls and top with the crab sauce.

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  • Pepper
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat

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  • 2 ripe fresh tomatoesshopping list
  • 1 cup of red, green, yellow peppers, sliced shopping list
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  • ½ cup of extra virgin olive oilshopping list
  • 350 grams of penne tricolore shopping list
  • A few spoonfuls of finely chopped parsleyshopping list

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  • In a large skillet add olive oil reserving a few spoonfuls. Sauté onion and garlic and add seafood.
  • Sauté again for a few minutes and add wine.
  • Meantime peel the tomatoes and after blending add to the skillet and mix. Add oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Cover with lid and simmer for about 20 minutes until seafood remains with just a little sauce.
  • Meantime boil water, add salt and cook pasta, al dente, according to the package. Twenty minutes is more than enough.
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Your stated quick,easy, but left out a bit on the elegant side as will. Real nice sounding recipe. Thank-you

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