This is the easiest, quick pasta meal with the most amazing flavor featuring crab meat! It’s one of my Mom’s recipes and she is just crazy about crab meat so we made it together last night! You start by sauteing 6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced in olive oil (about 2 tablespoons), then add 1/2 of a thinly diced onion, add 1/2 stick of butter, a sprinkler of old bay seasoning, salt and pepper. Simmer until the garlic and onion are slightly translucent.
Open up your large can of crab meat, you can get chunk for a very reasonable price when it’s on sale. I will typically buy 2 and freeze one for another meal. Once your butter is melted, go ahead and add all of the crab to your sauted mixture of onion, garlic, butter and olive oil.
You can add your pasta to your boiling pot of water that you have salted with a nice big tablespoon or palm full of salt. We like to use thin spaghetti’s for this recipe with crab so the crab pieces are visible and maintain their shape.
Water is boiling so add the pasta and stir. I like to cook min on a medium to high heat because I have no patience. My Mom and I totally disagree on the pasta doneness…I like it Al Dente and she likes it, well, mooshy! We compromise and I usually take mine out early and leave her portion to cook longer.
Your crab meat basically just needs to be heated through and that will happen pretty quickly with the melted butter, olive oil and onion/garlic mixture. I actually spoon in 2 ladles of starchy pasta water to give the crab mixture some consistency for easy tossing. We always add extra drizzles of olive oil at the end too! We used one of Mom’s old Sunday Dinner pasta bowls, vintage Italian ceramic with wooden spoons for service. Enjoy!