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Pea ‘n’ Crab Pasta Salad

This pretty pasta salad is jazzed up with crabmeat, spinach and peas. With crumbled feta and just the right amount of Italian dressing, it makes a hearty side dish or a satisfying main course served with bread alongside. -Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups imitation crabmeat
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the spinach, peas and crab. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. Stir into spinach mixture. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 285 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 465mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • lshaw
    Jun 10, 2015

    My daughter loved to make this recipe over and over when she was a teenager and was trying her hand at learning to cook for our family of 5. Not only did she give me some needed breaks after a day's work, but the salad is quite tasty and indeed very quickly assembled--It originally came from "Quick Cooking", previously a sister magazine of "Taste of Home". As the reviewer below indicated, other ingredients can be added to suit the preferences of other folks. I have gotten a bit tired of the same old Italian dressing, so I choose other types when I make it--many variations of vinaigrette dressings have hit the market in the past 10 years and provide more interesting flavor combinations, IMO.

  • AlabamaStoneThrower
    Oct 13, 2010

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  • yummy7
    Sep 29, 2009

    You could also add cooked salmon flavored to your taste and thin sliced black olives, also bell or roasted red peppers, rinsed chick peas,shelled edamame, diced celery and maybe some flavored croutons just before serving for some additional flavors.

  • rrwalter34
    Dec 19, 2007

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