Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

One of the quick and easy recipes I love doing are pasta dishes with cherry tomato sauce. There are a lot of pasta recipes one can create with cherry tomatoes. Most of which are very easy to do, too. In fact, here's a new recipe I'd like to share with you - crab pasta with basil using cherry tomatoes.

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

Get my full recipe below.

This crab pasta recipe is not only delightful to the palate and satisfying to the tummy; it's nutritious, as well. You can serve this dish as a healthy snack to kids. For the hubby and me however, it's usually the main meal itself, served with fried chicken at the side.

What's amazing even, is that you only need several ingredients in cooking this meal!

Are you ready? Here we go!

Ingredients in cooking crab pasta with basil:
- garlic, crushed and chopped
- cherry tomatoes, cut in halves

- olive oil

- crab meats

- fresh basil leaves

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

- shiitake mushrooms, julienne-d

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

- basil powder
- black powdered pepper
- paprika powder

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

- fish sauce
- pasta

Steps in cooking crab pasta with basil:
1. Cook the pasta. Drain and set aside for later.
2. Pour olive oil in a very hot pan.
3. Saute' the garlic. Cook until golden.

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

4. Add the crab meat. Stir well.

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

5. Season the dish with fish sauce.
6. Add the mushrooms. Stir well.

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

7. Cover the pan to cook the mushrooms faster.
8. Add the cherry tomatoes. Stir well.

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

9. Lower the heat; and cover the pan to soften the tomatoes.
Add a little more olive oil to avoid the dish from drying up. Don't worry to much about putting too much olive oil. It's Omega-3 fatty acids make it one of the healthy oils your body can enjoy.
10. After 2-3 minutes, stir the dish once more. Crush the softened tomatoes to release they juices and flavor.
11. Add the basil leaves. Stir well until the leaves are drenched in the tomato sauce.

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

12. Season the dish with basil leaves, pepper and paprika powder. Stir well.
13. Season with fish sauce to enrich the flavor.
14. Add the seasoned pasta into the the sauce. Mix well.

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

For a cherry tomato-based pasta like this, I like the pasta and the sauce mixed together. In cooking bolognese pasta however, the pasta may be served separately from the sauce. 

15. Lower the heat and toss the pasta until the sauce is evenly distributed.
16. Taste the dish. Add herbs and spices or fish sauce, as per your preference.
17. Serve while hot.

Cooking Crab Pasta with Basil

Notice that we didn't add water into this dish; nor did we use artificial seasoning. The olive oil and the basil leaves are enough to give a delightful flavor to this recipe.

I hope you find this pasta recipe quick and very easy to do!

To summarize:

Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes (sauce) 30 minutes (pasta noodles)
Total time: 50-55 minutes
Calories per serving: Low calorie
Fat per serving: Low fat

  • Garlic
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Crab meats
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Basil powder
  • Black pepper powder
  • Paprika powder
  • Fish sauce
  • Pasta noodles
Cooking Directions
  1. Pre-cook the pasta. Drain and set aside.
  2. Pour the oil in a hot pan.
  3. Saute' the garlic.
  4. Add the crab meat.
  5. Season with fish sauce.
  6. Add the shiitake mushrooms.
  7. Add the cherry tomatoes.
  8. Add the basil leaves.
  9. Season the dish with powdered basil, paprika and pepper.
  10. Season with fish sauce.
  11. Add the pasta noodles.
  12. Serve while hot.
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About the Author: Beingwell loves simple home cooking recipes. She enjoys sharing her quick easy meals, including Filipino cooking recipes in this blog. 
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  1. very healthy food and looks extremely yummy!

  2. I'm so going to try to cook this next week for the kids once I get all the ingredients for it. Thanks for the instructions/recipe.

  3. Yum! I love pasta and that looks easy enough. Plus hubby loves crabs so that meal is a great combo for both of us.

  4. Looks yummy.. I wonder when I can cook this recipe

  5. Photos are so nice they're making me hungry. An hour to go before lunchtime. Looks quick and easy to make. I'll give it a try when I have a craving for pasta.

  6. i love to try a simple dish like this one. Pang meryenda namin ng hubby ko.

  7. OMG! Three things I love on one dish; crab, pasta and basil! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  8. That looks like a pasta dish I would try next time! Thanks for the recipe. Yes, most often I would add water rather than olive oil to prevent it from drying up.

  9. What is the alternative for crab meat? Can it be replaced with tuna? I'm dying to try your recipe because I'm a pasta lover :)

  10. Looks so simple, yet yummy! How I wish i had the knack of whipping up pasta dishes anytime, hehe :)

  11. This looks good and healthy! I like the cherry tomatoes and the mushrooms. Pwede rin ba chicken instead of crab meat? :-)

  12. your pasta looks really delicious...where do you buy your cherry tomatoes?

  13. Looks really yummy. I hope daddy will see this, he is a great cook as well.

    Mommy Maye

  14. Now you just made me really hungry!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe as well. :))

  15. This crab pasta looks delish and nutritious too, I also find the ingredients easy to prepare. Would love to try this at home.

  16. I'm now drooling! I want this for lunch! I admit I am not a mommy cook but I do love Italian recipes! Maybe I'll try this one of these days, looks easy to do. :)

  17. Wow, gourmet food ! I would try cooking this on weekend!

  18. Great recipe. One of a kind and I simply love it!

  19. Love the recipe! I want to cook this too but I only have dried basil available here :(

  20. Is this yummy? I really don't eat fresh red tomatoes. :(

  21. I'm drooling already. I'm a sucker for pasta. I am sooo going to try this. Thanks.

  22. I'd like to try this! Thanks for sharing your recipe. :-)

  23. Another healthy dish here. I would love to try this one too.

  24. The dish seems so complicated but lookign at the recipe, it seems very easy.
    -daddy allan (

  25. looks easy! i'll save this receipe.. :) =p~

  26. What a nice quick and easy recipe. Love it! cheer

  27. It's a good thing I read this right after I ate lunch. Your photos look so good! I'm sure the dish tastes better. :)

  28. That dish looks so tasty! I'm stealing your recipe. Yummy!.

  29. I love how you blog. It's nice that you spend time taking photos of each step. Feels like watching a cooking show. :)

  30. It looks so delicious and healthy too.. :)

  31. How yummy the cherry tomatoes look! And the final product looks so appetizing!

  32. One of the best thing to entice people to enjoy your food or recipe is the photos and for your crab pasta with basil gets that attraction.

  33. Those Cherry tomatoes looks so good!!! My daughter keeps on saying that they look like Apples hehehe!

  34. looks delicious. :) I would like to try this one.

  35. sure looks soooo yummy!!!! pero im allergic to crabmeats though... :-( the hubby just caught a huge crabking last weekend at the pond, and he had it all to himself tdahil bawal ako... hehehe :D this is my kind of pasta, just simple olive oil plus the ingredients you have your mind to... might need to think for an alternative to crabs... :D

  36. I think this recipe would work even without the crabmeat. :) I noticed though that you still used basil powder even though you already had fresh basil. Wasn't the taste too overpowering?

    1. Hi Olga! Thanks for noticing that. It's not that strong, really.

      I find powdered basil stronger in taste so I add a bit of that for a more flavorful dish. (o)

  37. Oh my! This looks so delicious! I love pasta!


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