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Crab ‘n’ Penne Casserole

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.
  • Makes
    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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 323 calories, 15g fat (10g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 721mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • JGa2595176
    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
    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.

  • mythyagain
    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
    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
    Aug 27, 2013

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

  • cathides
    Feb 22, 2013

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  • ferretmama
    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
    Apr 13, 2012

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

  • Holly D
    Feb 24, 2012

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

  • tiffjo12
    Feb 20, 2012

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