Crab Pasta Bake Recipe with Peas

Baked crab and pea giant shells

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Spoon zesty crab meat into pasta shells and serve in a creamy pea sauce for a vibrant family dinner

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Ingredients

  • large pasta shells 300g
  • white crab meat 300g
  • brown crab meat 100g
  • lemon 1, zested and juiced
  • shallot 1, finely chopped
  • red wine vinegar 1 tbsp
  • caster sugar 1 tsp
  • crème fraîche 3 tbsp
  • Grana Padano 30g, finely grated

PEA SAUCE

  • olive oil 1 tbsp
  • unsalted butter
  • onion 1, finely chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • chicken stock 350ml
  • frozen petit pois 500g
  • crème fraîche 3 tbsp
  • mint a handful, leaves picked
  • basil a handful, leaves picked

Method

  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta shells for 10 minutes or until al dente and not quite cooked through. Drain, then rinse under cold water and drain again.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oil and a knob of butter in a large pan over a medium heat. Fry the onions for 5 minutes until starting to soften, then add the garlic, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes. Season, then add the stock and 450g of the peas. Bring to the boil for 1 minute, then turn off the heat. Tip the mixture into a blender with the crème fraîche, mint and basil, and blitz to a smooth sauce.

  • Step 3

    Pour the sauce into a large, shallow baking dish. Put the white and brown crab meat, lemon zest and juice, shallot, red wine vinegar, sugar and crème fraîche into a small bowl and mix together thoroughly. Spoon into the pasta shells, then sit them in the pea sauce. Sprinkle over the remaining peas and the Grana Padano  and bake for 30 minutes until the cheese is golden and sauce piping hot.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 510
  • Fat 22.8g
  • Saturates 11.5g
  • Carbs 43.5g
  • Sugars 4.6g
  • Fibre 8.2g
  • Protein 28.6g
  • Salt 1.4g
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