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pasta topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, basil and tomatoes
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5 from 9 votes

Spaghetti Fresca with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat

When you find fresh Maryland Jumbo Lump crab meat in the store, this Pasta Fresca is the perfect meal to showcase the crabmeat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta dish, seafood
Servings: 2
Calories: 1039kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


  • 12 ounces jumbo lump crab meat
  • 2 Tbsp basil chopped with some reserved for serving.
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus a drizzle for the pasta
  • sea salt to taste to taste
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • 12 oz spaghetti or linguine


  • Prepare pasta water and cook pasta per instructions on the box*
  • In one saute pan add half the olive oil and the garlic and saute the garlic just until it starts to sizzle and cook
  • Add the tomatoes to the pan and continue cooking the tomatoes over high heat for a few minutes until they begin to break down, then reduce the heat to low and add crushed red pepper and sea salt*
  • Add the basil to the tomatoes and allow to continue cooking on simmer.
  • In another pan, add the rest of the oil and get it hot, then add in the crab meat and very gently saute it over a medium heat, until crab meat is warm. (you may need to add a little water or white wine if your drinking some to release the crab meat from the pan)
  • When the pasta is done, drain it and then toss it with the tomato-garlic oil until all the pasta is well coated and then divide into two portions.
  • Top each portion with the Jumbo lump Crab Meat
  • Top with additional basil and drizzle the best olive oil you have over the crab meat and pasta.
  • Serve immediately!


*you won't really need a full pound of pasta for these two servings, use about 3/4 of the box.
*you will need to oversalt the tomatoes just a little bit otherwise the dish will be a little flat.


Calories: 1039kcal | Carbohydrates: 130g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1437mg | Potassium: 902mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 23.5mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 3.6mg