I made this up once when I was short on groceries. Surprisingly, it was super easy! The amounts for the spices are just my recommendation, but really it's just to taste.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add farfalle pasta, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.

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  • Melt the butter in a separate pot. Mix in crabmeat and tomatoes. Season with red pepper, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir 10 minutes. Toss with cooked pasta to serve.

Nutrition Facts

361 calories; protein 13.2g 26% DV; carbohydrates 46.1g 15% DV; fat 13.4g 21% DV; cholesterol 49.2mg 16% DV; sodium 912.8mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2005
Although I made some changes due to either what I had on hand or personal taste I'm still rating it a four because the basic idea was great and it gave me a good start. I just happened to have king crab legs in the freezer which I thawed removed the meat and saved the shells to cook in the sauce. (which by the way gave the sauce an amazing flavor) Definitely did not see the need to even use butter let alone that much of it. I simply sauteed onion fresh garlic (no salt) paprika and red bell pepper in a bit of olive oil added two cans of diced tomatoes along with the legs and let it simmer. Once done I added in the crab meat just long enough to heat thru. I decreased the amount of red pepper flakes but they really added just the right amount of spice to the dish. Thanks so much! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/16/2006
We found this a touch on the spicy side. We would give this a '4' by cutting the red pepper to 1 tbsp (or less for bland palates) and adding a splash of balsamic vinegar just before serving. The balsamic really brings out the crab! If you like it hot leave as is! Read More
(5)
68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2005
Although I made some changes due to either what I had on hand or personal taste I'm still rating it a four because the basic idea was great and it gave me a good start. I just happened to have king crab legs in the freezer which I thawed removed the meat and saved the shells to cook in the sauce. (which by the way gave the sauce an amazing flavor) Definitely did not see the need to even use butter let alone that much of it. I simply sauteed onion fresh garlic (no salt) paprika and red bell pepper in a bit of olive oil added two cans of diced tomatoes along with the legs and let it simmer. Once done I added in the crab meat just long enough to heat thru. I decreased the amount of red pepper flakes but they really added just the right amount of spice to the dish. Thanks so much! Read More
(48)
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2008
This will be on the menu a lot a great light dinner. I did make a few changes; I used half the pasta (just 2 for dinner) fresh garlic (3 cloves) and only 2 TBSP of butter (and the red pepper flakes to taste - ie. definitely less then 1 1/2 TBSP!). We loved it made like this but the sauce wasn't necessarily saucy I don't know what it would have been like if I had used the recipes pasta amount. I did add about 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water when adding the crab tomato mixture to the pasta. Sprinkled a bit of parm cheese over the top. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2007
This is an easy and versatile meal that tastes great!! You can substitute the garlic powder for fresh garlic and add onions too. I also added extra tomatoes and a drop of olive oil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
I started off rating this a 4 and moved way up the scale to a 5! Use fresh garlic tomatoe paste extra tomatoes. Fresh basil and crab are nearly a must! I would recommend added the fresh crab towards the end of the cooking process. Let all of the flavors meld prior. This is sooooo yummy! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2008
All I had in the pantry was half a package of angel hair added diced white onion fresh garlic one can of tomato paste and sliced green onions for color. So delicious! Not too spicy for me but taste as you go. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2011
This was delicious! I have to watch my cholesterol so I subbed E.V.O.O. for the butter left out the salt added chopped bell pepper finely diced cilantro and used minced garlic in place of the garlic salt. Oh and I upped the amount of red pepper flakes 'cause I like spice! Very well done Brighteyz thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
I was looking for a quick easy crab pasta dish and this is it. I made a couple of changes. I used fresh garlic instead of garlic salt. I also added spinach. It turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/15/2006
We found this a touch on the spicy side. We would give this a '4' by cutting the red pepper to 1 tbsp (or less for bland palates) and adding a splash of balsamic vinegar just before serving. The balsamic really brings out the crab! If you like it hot leave as is! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2011
great! i added olive oil fresh garlic basil and a little old bay. less red pepper flakes too. Read More
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