It happens every year at this time, and Ben always warns me.  I’m loving the heck out of fall and winter baking, comfort food cooking, etc.  Then suddenly the holidays are over and I’m ready for spring, like, right now.  My body craves lighter, fresher meals and I just want to pretend it’s warm enough to go for a (pleasant) walk outside.  It certainly didn’t help that we had a brief stint of 60 degree weather last week.  This crab linguine with lemon and basil was the answer for me.  A small serving of pasta with fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, fresh lump crab meat and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice – just what I needed.  Since the crab meat is pre-cooked, this meal is ready in next to no time – basically just as long as it takes to cook the pasta.  I can’t wait to make this again in the summer when all the ingredients are really at their prime, and some come straight from my garden, but in the meantime it helps with the winter blahs.


1 lb. pasta, such as linguine or spaghetti
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. butter
6 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 oz. fresh crab meat, cooked (or substitute pre-cooked shrimp/prawns)
1 lemon, quartered


  • 01

    Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente.  Drain well; set aside.  In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the olive oil and butter, heating until the butter is completely melted.  Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds, just until fragrant and bubbling.  Remove the pan from the heat.

  • 02

    Add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss well until the pasta is well coated with the garlic-oil sauce.  Add the basil and cherry tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Divide the pasta between warmed serving bowls.  Top each individual serving with the fresh lump crab meat, about 2 ounces each.  Squeeze one quarter of lemon over each serving.  Serve immediately.

  • I totally am ready for spring! This dish looks perfect. I don’t know why I never think to cook up crab meat with pasta.

  • Carrie Ann

    This is exactly what I need. I’m craving summer foods and ready for winter to be over. I think I’ll make this tonight with a little salad of mixed greens. Thanks!

  • Ugh, I was just saying the same thing about spring the other day. When I did my year-end round up it made me crave good produce like you wouldn’t believe!

    This linguine looks lovely – so bright and fresh!

  • Kat

    I am the exact same as you on that note! October through December are my absolute favorite time of year, and then as soon as the holidays are over, I’m ready to start thinking about grilling and boating and flowers. And my husband doesn’t ‘warn’ me about it… He teases me about it! :D

  • Looks wonderful! I love the flavor combinations, so refreshing.

    I would like one small snow, then I am ready for spring to arrive :)

  • I love this idea, and thankyou for not using canned crab meat.

  • This looks really good! It’s snowing here, but I’m so ready for spring. I wonder if I can get my husband to eat this… :)

  • I still haven’t baked a lasagna, so winter can’t be over quite yet for me. But I totally feel you on craving fresh, light meals after the holiday gluttony. Never made a crab pasta dish, but shrimp I’m sure would work fine with this as well.

  • This pasta looks fabulous! I love the option to add shrimp instead of the crab too.
    There is one wonderful thing about living in Florida, we are lucky enough to have Spring time weather in the winter. But here’s hoping for spring time temperatures for you soon.
    Happy New Year!

  • Love the detox suggestions. I could have fish tacos every day of the year and not get bored. Cheers!

  • Too funny – I’m also ready for spring already! It feels like we’re in limbo between winter and spring, and to foodies like us it’s confusing. Anyway, time to freshen up and make delicious, light meals like this crab linguine of yours – It’s lovely and looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing, Annie, and happy new year to you and your family!

  • I’m with you! Ready for it to warm up, although I guess now that we live in Southern California it will be “spring” before we know it! We actually have snow on the ground right now! :)

    This dish looks fantastic. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  • I totally know what you mean about wanting it to be spring RIGHT NOW. This pasta looks fresh, springy, and delish!

  • This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. Light meals are definitely the way to go post holiday madness. :)

  • Your pictures are amazing…they always make me so hungry!

  • This is a great dish after all that holiday food! You’ve been tagged on my blog

    Have a great day! Rhondi

  • That looks great! I’ll have to put that on my menu for next week.

  • Looks great!

  • Rebecca

    My brain does the same thing to me! Immediately after the holidays/new year, I start craving salads, fruits and vegetables and it is maddening to know that the only things truly in season are sweet potatoes and winter squash! (At least, the things I crave are not in season.) Happy New Year, thanks for all the great recipes!

  • Crystal

    I made this tonight and it was wonderful! I couldn’t find any good quality fresh crab, so I substituted shrimp and had whole wheat rotini on hand instead of a long noodle. It was great! And super fast and easy! Thanks again, Annie. :)