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Pasta Crab Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.

Makes

2 casseroles (4 servings each)

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

Ingredients

  • 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 shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  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.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 393 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 1143mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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