Spaghetti with crab, cherry tomatoes & basil

Spaghetti with crab, cherry tomatoes & basil

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(34 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

  • kcal349
  • 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

    Lemon

    le-mon

    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
    Crab

    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 in bowl

    Capers

    kay-per

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

  • handful basil leaves, roughly chopped

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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staceyb85
15th Nov, 2011
5.05
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
8th Oct, 2011
5.05
Also left out the lemon zest following other comments on here.
anananana
8th Oct, 2011
5.05
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!
emilyshort
21st Sep, 2011
4.05
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
19th Jul, 2011
5.05
Very tasty! I didnt add the capers but it still tasted great.
cscollins
14th Jul, 2011
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
13th Jul, 2011
5.05
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
28th Jun, 2011
5.05
Very easy, tasty and healthy! This will become a regular!
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michelle-macdougall
8th Jun, 2011
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
1st Jun, 2011
5.05
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.

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