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Pasta Crab Casserole Recipe

Pasta Crab Casserole Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

speechteach9 User ID: 3009834 44125
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"My family loves this recipe and if they know it's in the freezer they repeatedly ask about having it ASAP! I use imitation crab meat as my family doesn't mind and it turns out very well."

seahorse35 User ID: 2242910 34697
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"My family loves this. I have also made it a few times for company. I find it a real treasure recipe in that part one is made and eaten, and part 2 is frozen and served a few weeks down the road on a busy day. I use no fat sour cream and low fat cheese to cut the fat. Also on rushed days, I go to the salad bar and get chopped onions, peppers, and sliced mushrooms. I sometimes get a mix of red, yellow and green peppers. It makes for a pretty casserole. I recommend at least trying it to see if it fits your taste."

loopyjane3377 User ID: 4588054 33871
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010 Edited Feb. 28, 2017

"This is delicious. And it still really good after its been frozen. Its a handy one to have in the freezer. My DH said it was a keeper"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 84242
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"We used imitation crab meat because I thought it would be a waste of real crab meat. The imitation crab meat turned out very nicely and was much nicer on the budget. We think it would be better if some chopped red bell pepper was added; maybe about 3/4 cup. It also might have a nice appeal to use shell pasta instead of the spirals and to use 12-16 ounces of the pasta."

sarawoodside User ID: 3671644 29470
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I really did not like this at all. It seemed very bland and just not satisfying at all. I was very disappointed to have wasted crab on this meal."

barbt00 User ID: 2966637 203989
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"Has anyone tried this with real crab?"

NyxRizzi User ID: 1335843 75146
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009 Edited Mar. 25, 2010

"I cut back on the onion and added a bit more pasta after my first attempt at this recipe. The second attempt was much better. I will make this again. Having a second one in the freezer is great."

jbondesen User ID: 1476580 89860
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"I've made this for friends and my cooking club and everyone loves this recipe. I made it exactly how the recipe is and it's delicious!"

loopyjane3377 User ID: 4588054 109143
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009 Edited Feb. 28, 2017

"I made this recipe and it was delicious. I did freeze the second casserole and had it at least a month later. It was as good as the first one.


mfjbh User ID: 59452 82984
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2009 Edited Feb. 28, 2017

"I made this recipe for a friend's birthday dinner and I made a few adjustments: To start, I used real crabmeat, which I seasoned with Old Bay Seasoning Mix and juice from fresh lemon. Then, I added fresh chopped cilantro and a splash of dry white wine. Since there were a lot of people for dinner, I did not freeze the second casserole. I am glad to say that BOTH were totally gone!!!"

cmj1728 User ID: 1932922 203988
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2009

"sounds wonderful!"

mary2171 User ID: 849290 75133
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2008

" This sounds so good and I will have to try it!!! I like the fact that it makes two casseroles!!"

loopyjane3377 User ID: 4588054 29452
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2008 Edited Feb. 28, 2017

"I made this casserole also. My DH and I both loved it.

I froze the one casserole for about 6 weeks. It was just as tasty as the other one.
Loopy3377 aka Linda"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 82982
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2008 Edited Feb. 28, 2017

"Hello - I'd like to share with you how much my husband enjoyed this for supper last night; made one slight change - used mozzarella instead of cheddar. I am not a big eater, so took my share, then he simply devoured the rest. He's lucky this makes 2 casseroles because it's definitely a keeper!!


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