Spaghetti with crab, cherry tomatoes & basil

Spaghetti with crab, cherry tomatoes & basil

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 3
Punchy fresh flavours in a good-for-you-dish are often what you need for a midweek boost. This pasta dish has it all

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal349
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein26g
  • salt1.36g
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  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 x 170g cans white crab meat, drained


    A crustacean that has its skeleton on the outside protecting a soft, flavoursome flesh. There…

  • 200g spaghetti
  • 1 tsp capers, drained and rinsed



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub, which grows in the Mediterranean. As…

  • handful basil leaves, roughly chopped


  1. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and chilli flakes. Cook until just pale golden, then add the tomatoes. Cook 3 mins more on a high heat until the tomatoes start to break down a little. Add the lemon juice and cook for 1-2 mins. Remove from the heat and stir in the crab to warm through – not too much or it will break up.

  2. Boil the pasta in a large pan of salted water following pack instructions then drain. Mix the pasta in the warm pot with the sauce, lemon zest and capers, and toss the basil through.

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Comments (33)

martus's picture

Didn't like it at all - very bland, with a mushy consistency.

bikerbell's picture

Sorry, but I found this to be a little bland. I made the full amount of sauce for 2 of us and it was just the right amount, not sure that it would be enough for 3.
I don't think I'll make this again.

cora2323's picture

One word...YAMMEE! As per the other reviews, I omitted the lemon zest, only used one can of crab meat , added some prawns and it turned out delicious. I'll definitely make this again - soooo delicious.

suzlovescake's picture

Delicious! Followed the recipe other than I used prawns instead as I'm not too keen on crab. Perfect for a light and tasty summery lunch.

lizwigg's picture

Made this tonight for the first time and wasn't disappointed, lovely quick and fresh quick tea! The zesty lemon went really well with the basil and crab.

wodtke's picture

Made this tonight with tomatoes, lemon, and basil from our garden. It was absolutely fabulous. I can only think that the reviewer who found it lacking in flavour used less than excellent ingredients, which might have muted flavour, or forgot the red chill flakes. I had not read the comments before making it, but did use only half the specified lemon juice, as it just seemed intuitively to be too much. I did use all the zest, which is a subtly different flavour.

jessicakes1991's picture

Just not enough flavour for me :( Loved the use of the crab, garlic, noodles and tomatoes together... but just no flavour - even with lots of added pepper and a lot more basil leaves. It was edible and okay, but nothing special - not something I'd make again.

It is healthy though - and that's the bonus star. Used whole wheat spaghetti to make it even healthier.

sutty's picture

It was one of those nights... late home from work, weather is pants and you can't be bothered with anything. The tempatation was there to just order a take out, but NO!!! Had a quick look in the fridge and cupboard and found that I had everything needed for this dish. I am so glad I did. It was quicker than ordering the take out and very scrummy :-)

reward50p's picture

I love this recipe. Second and third time round I used fresh white crab meat and added some prawns. Also I used this thinner spaghetti which made it more about the sauce, so even lighter and tastier.

hellyblue's picture

Lovely fresh flavours, I added a large pinch of chilli as like things with some heat. Went down fantastically with the other half and was so easy to make after a day at work and was very light but filling. Would definitely recommend

annaberty's picture

A tasty, simple, fresh recipe with an authentic Italian feel to it. Especially good with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

ummyusef's picture

Initially wasn't sure about the pasta+lemon combination... but it worked out great.Easy enough to allow my4 year old to help out, which is a bonus!

julielowe's picture

Lovely, making again tonight as it was so popular!......I add some chilli and garlic marinated prawns as well and halve the lemon and zest. Well worth giving it a try.

faux109's picture

Left out the lemon zest as suggested by other reviewers, and this was absolutely delicious. It will definitely be a regular meal in our house now.

hellyblue's picture

Loved this recipe, nice flavours and really light. Really easy to make but will definitely add more tomatoes next time. Agree that only 1 tin of crab meat is enough for two and left out the lemon zest as per recommendations.

kandi1's picture

Quick, healthy and very tasty. Already a regular on our dinner table. Agree that one tin of crab meat is enough for two people and less lemon is better.

mr_dfuse's picture

We didn't like this at all, the different flavours didn't combine for us.

staceyb85's picture

This was delicious, quick and very easy to make. Didn't add the capers as I don't like them and added a bit extra chilli because I like things hot, also used shredded tinned crab instead of chunks. The tomatoes were a lovely sweet touch and a healthy bonus, will definitely make again.

anananana's picture

Also left out the lemon zest following other comments on here.

anananana's picture

Lovely dish. I made it for 2 people and 1 tin of crab meat was plenty! Used Kingfisher shredded crab meat. Left out the capers as I don't like them and added a pinch of salt as crab is not that salty unlike other shellfish!


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