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Spaghetti with Crab AND a Lagostina Luminosa Stainless Steel 11-Piece Cookware Set
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4.81 from 26 votes

Spaghetti with Crab

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 5
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking


  • 1 whole dungeness crab cooked, halved & cleaned
  • 10 oz spaghetti cooked in salted water per instructions
  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic minced
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest or more if desired
  • Drizzle of olive oil to taste, about 1 tbsp
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Fresh parmesan grated
  • Lemon wedges


  • Carefully remove the crab meat from the shells; discard shells. Go through the meat carefully - shells are no fun to eat! Set aside.
  • Fill the stock pot with enough water to cook the pasta then season the water with sea salt.
  • Add the pasta strainer insert then add the spaghetti and cook per instructions.
  • Drain, reserving 3/4 cup of pasta cooking water.
  • Heat the butter in the large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and the crushed red pepper flakes to the melted butter.
  • Cook, stirring often, for 1 minute.
  • Add the drained pasta along with some of the pasta water, to taste.
  • Add the crab meat, fresh parsley, lemon zest, a drizzle of olive oil, and season well with sea salt & freshly cracked pepper, to taste; toss to coat evenly.
  • Pour into a serving bowl and serve with fresh parmesan and lemon wedges, if desired. Enjoy.