Creamy Avocado and Crab Pasta

June 15, 2012
0 Ratings
  • Makes 4 servings
Author Notes

A great pasta for a warm day (or any day), this one can be prepped ahead of time... the pasta needs cooking just prior to serving. —inpatskitchen

What You'll Need
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1/4 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 8 large basil leaves, torn
  • 1 medium avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A few tablespoons of water on the ready
  • 8 ounces fresh pastuerized blue crab meat (lump or backfin)
  • 12 ounces dry spaghetti or linguini
  • 4 single teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Slice the tomato in half and then remove the seeds and pulp. Lay each half, cut side down on paper toweling to drain a bit and then dice finely.
  2. In a blender or mini food processor, process the cream cheese, garlic, parsley and basil to get everything started.
  3. Add the avocado meat, lemon juice and salt and continue to process until smooth. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water at this point . Place the mixture in a bowl and gently stir in the crab meat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap with the wrap actually laying on the mixture. ( At this point you can refrigerate the mixture until you're almost ready to eat... just bring it back up to room temperature first.
  4. Cook the pasta per package instructions, drain and place in a large bowl. (Save a little of the pasta cooking liquid for loosening up the sauce if need be) Fold in the avocado-crab mixture until the pasta is thoroughly coated. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
  5. Divide the pasta among 4 bowls or serving plates. Drizzle each with a teaspoon of olive oil and garnish with the tomato. Serve immediately.

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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

13 Reviews

jstew52 November 13, 2017
Super tasty. Subbed tarragon for basil.
inpatskitchen November 14, 2017
Thanks so much! The tarragon sounds wonderful!
luvcookbooks September 17, 2012
This sounds so delicious! Beautiful photo, too.
inpatskitchen September 17, 2012
Thank you so much luvcookbooks! It's always hit or miss for me on the pics (LOL)
TheWimpyVegetarian June 20, 2012
I love this!!! Perfect, perfect dinner!!!
inpatskitchen June 20, 2012
Thanks susan! I just love crab and avocado together!!
TheWimpyVegetarian June 20, 2012
Me too!!
GiGi26 June 18, 2012
This sounds and looks heavenly!!
inpatskitchen June 18, 2012
Really was good! Thanks GiGi26!
Bevi June 16, 2012
Love crab this way. Really nice, Pat!
inpatskitchen June 17, 2012
Thanks Bevi!
boulangere June 15, 2012
Oh he** yes!
inpatskitchen June 16, 2012
Really makes for a nice meal....leftovers for lunch!!