Creamy crab & pea pasta

Creamy crab & pea pasta

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Fresh crab is one of summer’s real treats and its delicate flavour means it needs only minimal cooking

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal512
  • fat10g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein31g
  • salt0.83g


  • 400g spaghetti
  • 200g fresh or frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 300g fresh crabmeat
  • 5 tbsp reduced-fat crème fraîche
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • handful parsley leaves, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • zest 1 lemon, juice ½ lemon



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


  1. Boil a large pan of salted water. Tip in the pasta, then cook for about 7 mins. Add the peas, then cook for 2-3 mins more until both are cooked through.

  2. Drain in a colander, reserving a little cooking water, then tip back into the pan with the crabmeat and crème fraîche. Stir well with most of the remaining ingredients, adding a little of the pasta cooking water if the mixture seems a little dry. Serve sprinkled with a little extra chopped chilli, parsley and lemon zest.

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6th Mar, 2017
My toddler loves this recipe and it's so quick and easy to prepare. I've tried it with added feta and basi instead of parsley and it was delicious. Crab meat was expensive so I used less than suggested.
22nd Jul, 2015
I got some reduced price fresh crabmeat and added a good quality tin of crab. The fresh crab was both white and brown meat and I think this gives the dish more flavour. I also added prawns. Kids and grown ups enjoyed it for a quick family lunch. Served with extra lemon wedges and black pepper
29th Apr, 2011
Incredibly simple, very tasty. Made it with dried chilli flakes, these worked as well as fresh I think.
19th Apr, 2011
Very disappointing - this recipe somehow managed to remove all the flavour from nice, fresh crab so it ended up tasting of absolutely nothing. What a waste of good seafood!
2nd Aug, 2010
Yum!! I will use less lemon next time. The lemon was a bit overpowering.
6th May, 2010
Easy to make but, plain and boring. Wouldn't make it agian.
4th Nov, 2009
Made this for lunch this morning..... It was a disaster... Not quite sure what went wrong but everything went straight to the bin :( The biggest disaster to date :(
26th Aug, 2009
I made this with fresh crab, it was very tasty and easy to make. I think next time i will try it with smoked salmon and asparagus for a variation. I sprinkled some nice leaves around the spaghetti to serve which made it look nice.
21st Aug, 2009
This was delicious!! The chilli flakes did give it a lil kick, or else i think the taste will be rather boring. I used fresh crab. However I wudnt cook this as much as I wanted to because its costly!
4th Aug, 2009
We really liked this! I used tinned crab meat - it works really well. I sprinked some feta cheese ontop - divine!


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