Pasta Crab Casserole Recipe
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Pasta Crab Casserole Recipe

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This is an easy dish to freeze ahead for company. A yummy combination of spiral pasta, crab and sauteed veggies is coated with a buttery sauce, then covered with cheddar cheese. All that's needed to complete the meal is a warm garlic bread and a tossed green salad. —Georgia Mountain Tampa, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 363 calories, 20g fat (13g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 1002mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute onions, mushrooms and green pepper in butter until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat. Drain pasta; add to vegetable mixture. Stir in the crab, sour cream, salt and basil.
  2. Transfer to two greased 8-in. square baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Cover and bake the second casserole at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes longer.
  3. To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (3-4 servings each).
Originally published as Pasta Crab Casserole in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p29

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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sunshinewonder User ID: 8911591 268548
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2017

"It's ok as is for my taste, and my guy liked it ok, but if I make it again there's some changes I'd make. It mostly just seemed like oily noodles. I'd make sure to cut the veggies bigger, I cut the onion and green pepper a bit small and they disappeared. My garlic was weak, so I'd use more. I would flat out double the mushrooms, I like them. I'd cut the butter in half and use a light sour cream, but I'd double it. The biggest change I'd make is to up the seafood flavor with Asian fish sauce. I used it as a condiment on my portion and a scant few drops made it seem like it was rich with seafood flavor. If anyone else tries this and is unfamiliar with fish sauce, please be aware that you really only do need a few drops and if some of the eaters don't like stronger seafood flavor, then just use it as a condiment."

nancyreginac User ID: 8362334 264783
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2017

"My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this casserole. I used real crab meat instead of the the imitation. This is a keeper for us."

JCV4 User ID: 628113 261877
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2017

"Good recipe except for the onions. I think they may have misprinted. 1 medium onion is plenty for our tastes. A nice quick meal!"

puzzlemad User ID: 3329799 242763
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"This is a very good casserole & quick to make. I've made it several times. I also agree that 2 onions are too much. 1 is plenty."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 216433
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"I've made this a couple of times and my family likes it. Instead of making 2 casseroles, I just put it in a 9" x 13" dish. I like a traditional mac and cheese, but this is nice for a change."

kpsmx User ID: 6064464 29510
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"made this last nite it was terrible as waste of good crab meat i doubled the recipe and thinking it would be good only to throw it out"

ejt325 User ID: 4790999 83604
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"This was very quick and easy to make."

kskmama User ID: 6409742 48065
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"I made this recipe almost exactly as written the first time I tried it, only using less onion. Two large onions is WAY too much. As I suspected, 8 ounces of pasta for two casseroles was WAY too little. The second time I used a pound box of pasta. I think it worked much better!! Other than that, my family loves this recipe. The imitation crabmeat often goes on sale buy one get one free around here, so now I always grab it and eagerly look forward to this meal!!"

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 82989
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"This was very good and easy to make. I substituted roasted red pepper for the green pepper and used imitation crab."

redrockcountry User ID: 1634760 76826
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"This recipe turned out really great! I especially liked the fresh mushrooms in the mix; they added so much flavor. Since I live at a high altitude I doubled the sour cream (fat-free). Will definitely make again."

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