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Crab 'n' Penne Casserole Recipe

Crab 'n' Penne Casserole Recipe

Purchased Alfredo sauce lends creaminess to this crab casserole while red pepper flakes kick up the taste. Summer squash and zucchini bring garden-fresh goodness to the comforting main dish from Bernadette Bennett of Waco, Texas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 jar (15 ounces) Alfredo sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine Alfredo sauce, crab, yellow squash, zucchini, parsley and pepper flakes. Drain pasta; add to sauce mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • 3. Cover and bake 35 minutes or until heated through. Toss bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, 5-6 minutes longer or until browned. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 323 calories, 15g fat (10g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 721mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

Reviews for Crab 'n' Penne Casserole

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JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 252689
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016

"Such a nice, solid and creative dish! Made for dinner and husband and son loved it. Surprised my kid was all over the crab! Next time would double the crab, but we loved the amount of cheese and the breadcrumbs on top added a nice crunch. I would consider adding more veggies too, but this was a nice combo as is. Thanks for posting!"

laura70 User ID: 10385 245528
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

"This was just OK. Almost too much cheese - and I never say that lol. It needed quite a bit of salt. It seemed to taste better the next day."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1202636 124567
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"I loved the addition of the squash. This is quick and easy to make with just enough kick to make it tasty."

judysav User ID: 7683929 146260
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"We LOVE this recipe in our house. The only thing I change is to eliminate the red pepper flakes. My husband thinks they are a little too hot. I agree, so we don't use them."

huntnmama User ID: 1067464 139584
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"Great flavor. Might add a little more crab but it was great and very easy to make!!!"

ferretmama User ID: 5740430 125123
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"Had this for dinner tonight. The only changes I made were to use the listed amount of fresh crab, but also added half a pkg. of imitation crab that I had in the freezer. Also had a couple extra mushrooms that needed to be used. It was soooo good. My husband isn't a big seafood casserole fan, but he asked me to add this to the permanent collection so it will be making regular appearences in this house. Will make a good potluck recipe, too. I wonder how broccoli would be ..."

e_grlz User ID: 6002717 151467
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"This was okay. We ate it. I definately wouldn't make it again though."

Holly D User ID: 4258139 60249
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"So simple and delicious. My family raved about this dish!"

gcjmorgan User ID: 1019549 151466
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"super easy"

uoduck User ID: 1018504 58072
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"Very good, even my daughter who does not like vegetables ate it."

Schmiedt User ID: 3889802 73794
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"This was an excellent recipe and a great way for me to get more fish in my children's diet. Right combination of all ingredients. I boiled the pasta until past tender, about 8 minutes which helped to create a smoother, creamier texture with the rest of the ingredients. High recommend!"

SD23 User ID: 5805385 73791
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"Made as written, except for halving and then slicing the zucchini & squash. It was good but very rich. Served with caesar salad and garlic bread. Will make again."

kolega7 User ID: 2068162 61510
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"This recipe was simple and delicious. I love crab but it would also be good with shrimp or both. The zucchini is a very nice flavor. Will definitely make again."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.