Spaghetti with crab, cherry tomatoes & basil

Spaghetti with crab, cherry tomatoes & basil

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(36 ratings)

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…

  • 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 in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • 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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23rd Mar, 2013
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.
10th Sep, 2012
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 :-)
19th Jul, 2012
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.
27th May, 2012
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
29th Apr, 2012
A tasty, simple, fresh recipe with an authentic Italian feel to it. Especially good with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
22nd Apr, 2012
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!
20th Apr, 2012
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.
16th Apr, 2012
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.
12th Mar, 2012
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.
10th Feb, 2012
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.


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