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Crab Cake Spaghetti

Crab cake spaghetti: Silky strands of spaghetti noodles tossed with jumbo lump crab meat, plenty of old bay seasoning, red pepper, panko breadcrumbs and onion. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crab pasta, crab spaghetti, seafood pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 514 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 3 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 3 large garlic clove, divided
  • 3/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 3/4 lb spaghetti
  • 6 oz jump lump crab
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  1. Heat a large skillet to a medium heat. Add 1 1/2 tbsp butter. Once butter has melted, add garlic. Saute for 1 minute until slightly softened. Add breadcrumbs and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir breadcrumbs to coat in butter and garlic. Toast until golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. 

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season with salt. It should taste like sea water. Add spaghetti. Cook until aldente. Reserve pasta water.

  3. Wipe pan clean. Add remaining butter to the bottom the pan. Once the butter melts, add onion, red pepper, celery, remaining garlic, and 1/4 tsp salt. Sauté until vegetables are softened, but still have a slight bite, about 5 minutes. 

  4. Add white wine, simmer until reduced by half. Add old bay and remaining salt. Use tongs to transfer spaghetti to the mixture. Reduce heat to low and toss the noodles with the vegetables. Make sure to reserve pasta water. 

  5. Add crab meat, parsley, and half of the panko. Gently toss. If needed, add pasta water to loosen the sauce up. Season to taste with salt and pepper,

Nutrition Facts
Crab Cake Spaghetti
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 514 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 892mg39%
Potassium 353mg10%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 392IU8%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.