Crab Meat Pasta Bake

If you like seafood pasta bake, you'll enjoy this delicious version that uses crab meat. We've used frozen crab meat instead of fresh ones; tastes equally great and saved us lots of time.

Ingredients:

  • 500g frozen crab meat, thawed
  • 200g elbow pasta

  • 100g button mushrooms, sliced
  • Half a red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • A glug of white wine
  • 50g cream cheese, softened
  • A sprinkle of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 300ml milk
  • A pinch of rock salt
  • Some ground paprika

Preparation:

  1. Cook pasta according to instruction on the pack, reduce cooking time by a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat some vegetable oil and sautee the garlic and onion on medium heat till soften.
  3. Add in the dried oregano and let it simmer for about a minute.
  4. Stir in the mushroom and cook for a few minutes, stirring regularly.
  5. Add in the crab meat, stir and mix well before pouring in the white wine. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
  6. Stir in the softened cream cheese, keep stirring till completely melted. Add in some milk or water at this point if it's too thick or dry.
  7. Drain the pasta and mix it into the pan with the crab meat. Mix well and season with some rock salt, remove from heat.
  8. Heat the oven to 180°C. Grease the base of an 8" square oven dish with a little butter.
  9. Pour the entire crab meat mixture into the dish.
  10. In a small deep pan, heat the butter on low. When melted stir in the plain flour to make a soft paste.
  11. Add milk gradually while stirring constantly to make a smooth bernaise sauce. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  12. Pour the bernaise sauce all over the top of the crab meat pasta. Spread evenly to cover everything. Lightly sprinkle some paprika over the sauce.
  13. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for further 10 minutes at 200°C.
  14. Leave it stand for 5-10 minutes before cutting into serving portions.
  15. Serves 4.

Versatility Note:

  1. Fresh crab meat is a good option if it's an easy access. Otherwise frozen crab meat is so much easier to get hold of and saves lots of time.
  2. You can sprinkle some grated cheese over the top before adding ground paprika, if you like.