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cheesy crab Alfredo pasta in a white bowl
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Cheesy Crab Alfredo Pasta

Fresh crab meat tossed in a homemade Alfredo parmesan cream sauce. Super creamy and cheesy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 929kcal


  • 3/4 lb pasta shells
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1 shallot finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 lb fresh crab meat
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil and salt it generously. Cook the pasta according to packaging instructions.
  • Add some olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and red bell peppers, cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the fresh garlic and old bay seasoning and cook for 20 seconds. 
  • Add the heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and lemon zest. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. 
  • Fold in the lump crab meat and mozzarella cheese. 
  • Stir in the cooked pasta shells and check for seasoning. Garnish with fresh parsley and extra crab meat, if desired. 



  • Salt the pasta cooking water with a generous amount of kosher salt, that will help season the pasta. 
  • Do not add lemon juice to the sauce, only a pinch of lemon zest is all that's needed. 
  • If you want to add white wine, add some after cooking the shallots and garlic. Let it reduce by half and then pour in the heavy cream. 
  • Gently fold in the crab meat, do not break it up. 


Calories: 929kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 230mg | Sodium: 1289mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2900IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 369mg | Iron: 2mg