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Crab Spinach Pasta With Garlic Butter

I love making tasty and nutritious dishes at home; it's a much healthier (and more cost-effective!) solution than going out to eat.


Buy What Is on Sale

I only shop the perimeter of the supermarkets for the most healthy, real food. Supermarkets usually display their sales items on the outside aisles as well.

This week, I picked up imitation crab meat for fifty cents a package. Real crab meat in the can is a whole lot better, but imitation crab that is made out of fish, crab, and soy can be made to taste great too.

Catelli Smart Pasta was on sale also—three boxes for five dollars. This spaghettini is a delicious white pasta with the fiber benefit of whole wheat. I do not like to use whole-wheat pasta with any kind of white sauce or even pesto sauce, because the flavor and texture of wheat pastas take away from the white sauce's taste.

By watching the sales flyers from various supermarkets, buying what's on sale, and using coupons, you can save up to fifty percent of your grocery bill. Coupons can be found online, above the sales items in the store, or cut from various sales flyers. Also, when you go into the supermarkets, they have in-house sales on certain items, and you can still use the coupons for additional savings.

Crab Spinach Pasta in a Garlic Buttery Sauce

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

20 min

4 sixteen-ounce servings of pasta dish


  • 1 package (357g) Catelli Smart Spaghettini, cook according to directions
  • 1 bag (8 ounces) spinach, chop coarsely or rip pieces
  • 8 ounces imitation crabmeat, already cooked in package
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted in pan
  • half clove garlic, chopped medium fine (or use several cloves preserved in oil, squished with a knife)
  • 4 ounces olive oil
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • salt/pepper to your taste


  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions on the box. Drain, but save one cup of the pasta water. You'll use it to thicken the buttery sauce.
  2. Heat up large frying pan on medium heat. Add the olive oil, 2 tablespoons of butter, chopped garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper to your taste. Pour in the pasta water and stir until this thickens.
  3. Take the crab meat and gently shred it into the oil mixture. Spinkle in about a tablespoon of lemon juice. Stir.
  4. Coarsely chop or tear spinach leaves into the same pan. Stir mixture until the spinach leaves wilt. Mix in pasta.
  5. You can plate this up with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, but it is not necessary because this pasta tastes great without it.

Pasta by Choice


Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 18, 2016:

Thank you @DDE I think cooking if fun and this recipe is easy and fast for you to do. Enjoy my Friend:)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 18, 2016:

I like this recipe and find new recipes an interesting challenge.

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 15, 2012:

Thank you Debbie for sharing this recipe on Facebook. I am honoured. You will enjoy this recipe. Easy,Fast, Good!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on October 14, 2012:

wow I know what I am having for dinner tonight.. My favorite pasta and spinach and garlic I loved it all..lol

great recipe.. I will share on facebook on cooking time..


Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 08, 2012:

You are welcome. Thanks a lot for stopping by Sueswan and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my Folks and My Sister. Happy Thanksgiving to you. Thanks for bookmarking this recipe .you will enjoy it.

Sueswan on October 08, 2012:

Hi suzzycue

Thank you for sharing this frugal and delicious pasta recipe with us.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 26, 2012:

You sure could use grilled chicken what a great idea. Thanks for your idea Shiningirisheyes. This is moch crabmeat though so I wonder if it has iodine in it. I will look that up.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on September 25, 2012:

Suzzycue - This looks great and I am a huge foodie. Unfortunately, my seafood allergy can turn deadly. There was a time when I could and did eat all things seafood until I slowly built up what is now a dangerous intollerance to iodine, which comes with most of the BEST seafood. Now I am reduced to haddock, cod ....delicious but just not the same.

I could possibly substitute this recipe with grilled chicken.

Thanks for making my mouth water!

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 25, 2012:

Thanks for your comment danielleantosz. That's right it isn't fishy and you can do a lot with it for very little money.

I'm with you Lipnancy quick,easy good. That is how I cook and I cook with what I have on hand so every recipe is different. Thanks for commenting.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on September 25, 2012:

The pictures make it look so good. You know me, love anything that is quick and easy.

danielleantosz from Florida on September 25, 2012:

Looks good! I really like using imitation crab meat. It's a little different and not fishy tasting.

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2012:

Thank you Susan. I ate it for lunch and I loved it. Nice that you dropped by to comment.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2012:

WOW! This looks good. I haven't had lunch yet and the picture is making me drool :) Will be trying this soon.

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