Garlic Lemon Bucatini with Crab

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Seafood pasta is near and dear to my heart for the end of summer. A big bowl of Garlic Lemon Bucatini with Crab and a crisp glass of wine is truly my idea of a perfect night in (on the patio). Let’s make it!

Garlic Lemon Bucatini with Crab from (@whatsgabycookin)


First - let’s just address the fact that Bucatini is the end all, be all of pastas and I can’t get enough. I order an entire box from Delallo once a quarter so I never run out. GOD FORBID - that would be a devastating day. Do yourself a favor and snag a box immediately - you won’t be disappointed.

Garlic Lemon Bucatini with Crab from (@whatsgabycookin)

Second - this pasta is crab cake in pasta form. You know when a crab cake is cooked in butter and it’s just succulent and delicious and feels like summer…. THAT IS THIS PASTA TOO. Lump crab meat gets tossed into a beautiful shallot, garlic and butter situation with some white wine and lemon zest. It’s enough to eat on it’s own. But pair it with the Bucatini and it’s game over!

Garlic Lemon Bucatini with Crab from (@whatsgabycookin)

And if you're looking for even more delicious bucatini pasta ideas check out these recipes:

Chicken Feta Pasta - A base of TONS of garlic, canned tomatoes, sautéed chicken and tons of feta mixed with perfectly al dente bucatini gets dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.

Creamy Artichoke and Bacon Bucatini - This Creamy Artichoke and Bacon Bucatini is springy, decadent and delicious but easy enough to throw together very quickly for a weeknight meal! 

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Garlic Lemon Bucatini with Crab from (@whatsgabycookin)

Garlic Lemon Bucatini with Crab

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
This Garlic Lemon Bucatini with Crab is the perfect seafood pasta dish that's not only delicious but easy enough to throw together for a quick meal!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people


  • ½ pound Delallo Bucatini
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 cup ready to eat crab meat
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • fresh basil to garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted, boiling water according to package instructions.
  • Five minutes before the pasta is ready, set a large pan over low heat and melt the butter, add sliced shallot and sauté for 1 minute over very low heat, then add garlic and red peppers flake and sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant. Then pour in white wine, lemon zest and lemon juice, turn the heat up to medium and let it reduce for a couple of minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked crabmeat and take it off the heat. Drain the pasta once cooked and reserve ½ cup of pasta water. Add the pasta to the pan with the crabmeat and toss to combine, add half of the reserved pasta water and Parmesan cheese, stir over low heat until the cheese melts and coats the pasta. If the pasta is a bit dry add a splash of pasta water. Your pasta dish should be loose but not swimming in sauce, just lightly coated. Salt to taste. Sprinkle with fresh chives before serving.


I highly recommend using bucatini pasta as it loves to soak up sauce since it is hollow, like a straw. You can also use any long-cut pasta if you can't find it.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 878kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1183mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1228IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 3mg
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    1. You know that is a really great question. Sometimes it comes canned and sometimes a really great fish department in a grocery store will have it. I don't think it's readily available everywhere. Whole Foods Fish department might have it. Was thinking the exact thing myself.

    2. I usually buy it right in front of the fish counter - it's in a tin in the fridge section!

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