Crab Alfredo Pasta

I am sure you also experience this…..some days there is just not enough time! This weekend, we had the joy of going to my mother and father’s house to celebrate their 40th anniversary! We had a number of family and friends over. We put together a nice spread of food (posts of some dishes to come this week) and had a wonderful chance to talk and reminisce. It was great to see everyone. I was also excited because it was my first chance to see my new niece! She was beautiful.

Before we left, the day was full of laundry, packing, and preparing some of the items we had to my parents place. On top of that, it is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from our place in Toronto to where they live in Belle River. The plan was to have dinner quickly at home before we hit the road for a night drive.

There was not a lot of time to make dinner so I went for a quick ‘go to’ pasta dish. This uses imitation crab which, even though it is not the real stuff, I like because it is great in pasta or salad and it is reasonably priced. Also, you can keep a ‘brick’ of it in the freezer for those days when you need a quick meal. This cream sauce in this pasta is velvety smooth and the peas are a great compliment to the crab meat.

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Crab Alfredo Pasta

A velvety smooth cream sauce with imitation crab and peas. The alfredo sauce is made with cream cheese, parmesan and cream. A delicious recipe that is cheap, quick and easy!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Alfredo, Crab, Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 1 red pepper , diced
  • 1 cup imitation crab meat in medium size chunks
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 brick of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 5-6 cups of cooked pasta


  • In a saucepan melt the butter then add garlic, onion and peppers and saute them for 10 minutes.
  • Add the crab meat and spices. Cook another 5 minutes
  • Stir in the cheeses and cream. The cream cheese will melt and and blend into the cream creating a smooth sauce.
  • Add the frozen peas and let the sauce simmer, just under the boiling point, for 5 more minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked pasta and serve

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Mmm, sounds like a gorgeous, indulgent dish! I love crab meat, and alfredo is always welcome. Well done, sir!

  2. Steve, this sounds amazing. I love crab, and I bet it combines beautifully with the alfredo!

  3. Sounds rich and decadent. Bet it tastes amazing. Another recipe I need to try.

  4. That is a fantastic looking alfredo. Love that it has crab in it!

  5. I love this recipe! I love anything with crab. And congrats to your parents. I love hearing stories like that! ;.)

  6. Happy 40th Anniversary to your parents!! What a wonderful testament to marriage they must be for you. Trips are fun, but sometimes you need a vacation from the vacation.. right. 🙂 This looks like a quick and fun recipe. I have not used imitation crab yet… but now I’m really going to give it try since it looks so good in this dish. Well done. 🙂

  7. My son LOVES this dish! I’ve made it about 4 times so far, including today. We add a lot more Bay Seasoning because we love it, but other than that we pretty much stuck to the recipe. I end up using regular milk because I never have cream, and I keep adding more till it’s ready to eat and I think the sauce is perfect. Very yummy and thanks for sharing!

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