Lemon-Garlic Penne with Crab Recipe
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Lemon-Garlic Penne with Crab Recipe

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Our Christmas Eve supper isn't the same without this seafood pasta. I love lots of garlic, but you can use less to suit your family's tastes. —Chrissy Fessler, Hazleton, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley, divided
  • Lemon wedges

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 279 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 537mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook and stir garlic in butter and oil over medium heat for 2 minutes or until garlic is golden (do not brown). Add the broth, crab and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes or until sauce is reduced by half.
  2. Drain pasta; toss with crab sauce and 1/4 cup parsley. Garnish with lemon wedges and remaining parsley. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Lemon-Garlic Penne with Crab in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p61

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muffbear74 User ID: 209131 242875
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"Used imitation crab and my husband and I both liked it."

FoodyBoy User ID: 6741463 151493
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Needs a little more spice. I found it a bit bland."

1275 User ID: 6324211 208944
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"Loved the flavor of this dish! Instead of using crab, I used 2 cups chicken to feed our family of 6. So good! I also roasted the 6 garlic cloves in my oven which makes for a more distinctive flavor. It is very simple but I LOVED it!"

nelda h. till User ID: 2769024 208943
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"I would give this a 5 star rating"

nelda h. till User ID: 2769024 151492
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"My husband and I had this for lunch. We both liked it so much and plan to have the leftover tonight. Didn't have the chunch crab, but believe it would even make it better than the Fancy Crab I had."

terri_demers User ID: 1102028 105177
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"i was in a after work kind of hurry... looking for something to use items in my pantry so i substituted regular canned crab and linguini - used dried parsley - cut the butter back to a tablespoon and it was very good!!! Lump crab would DEFINITELY be my first choice, but it tends to be cost prohibitive .."

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