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Spaghetti with crab, cherry tomatoes & basil

Spaghetti with crab, cherry tomatoes & basil

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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

  • kcalories349
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein26g
  • salt1.36g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • zest and juice 1 lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    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

    Crab

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

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

    Capers

    kay-per

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

  • handful basil leaves, roughly chopped

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Method

  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)

emilyshort's picture
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Loved this - tasty and healthy! I followed the advice above and didn't bother with the lemon zest as the sauce was already lemony enough! Loved the crab, will defo make this again.

amanzo's picture
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Very tasty! I didnt add the capers but it still tasted great.

cscollins's picture

Where did I go wrong? This was the first EVER dish we've had that got thrown in the bin virtually untouched. It stunk the house out and none of us could face eating it. I checked to make sure the crab was well in date before I even started to cook so I know it wasn't that. Thoroughly disappointed. Certainly won't be trying this one again.

rhikavok's picture
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Loved this dish. Really easy and very tasty. Combination of flavours just right. Lemon, chilli, garlic and basil are powerfully delicate. Cheap, healthy. Boom.

mattccross's picture
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Very easy, tasty and healthy! This will become a regular!

michelle-macdougall's picture

Made this tonight and loved it, a really nice summertime pasta. I just used regular tomatoes and the lemon gave it such a nice fresh flavour.I will certainly be making this again,

notthebestchef's picture
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This is too good.
I made it last week and am looking forward to it again tonight.

I used only the juice of half a lemon, no zest and half a fresh chilli instead of flakes. Also used half a can of white crab and a pot of the fresh stuff (brown and white) to make it extra luxurious.

Hawie's picture
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This is lovely - the garlic and chilli give it a real depth of flavour. I didn't have any basil but I did have a bag of rocket to use up so I just put a huge pile of that on instead and it was fabulous. I was only making it for two (the recipe states three) and inadvertently put in the whole lemon juice which I would be sure not to do next time, but it wasn't offensive. The zest was perfect. Quick, easy, healthy - will def do again.

auntie_scarah23's picture
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This was a really quick, really tasty, healthy tea - my only quibble is that with the cherry tomatos and the crab it's so so so sweet, which isn't really to my taste, but it was still very enjoyable - the kids loved it

welsh99's picture

Tried this yesterday evening and really loved it! Excellent delicate flavours although did not use too much lemon juice. Also added a few prawns for extra depth.

shazomatic's picture
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Made this - as far as I can remember minus the lemon, and with fines herbes rather than basil - and it was absolutely delicious! So good its on the menu tonight as well!

adnamabrown's picture
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Lovely quick and easy recipe. Tasted great.

skylarn's picture
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This dish weould have been nice if it wasn't for the overpowering lemon taste. Would probably only use the use of the lemon and not the zest.

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