Seafood Lovers reunite for this Spicy Creamy Crab, Chilli and Cherry Tomato Pasta - a true flavour explosion!!
If you are a South London girl, you are probably quite accustomed to seafood. Okay, okay, I know it's not really by the sea, but trust me, when I say it wasn't uncommon growing up to have seafood booths at the market, or that handy seafood seller who would trawl round the local pubs, usually on Sunday with a trayful of various seafood on offer - from crab to cockles, shrimp, whelks you name it he had it and I loved it all.
Whenever I go anywhere coastal, you can guarantee I will check out the local seafood restaurants to see what they have to offer. I still can taste the amazing New England Lobster, I had at a little restaurant in Portsmouth, Massachusetts, where you had to wear a little bib to prevent any dribbles of melted butter from splattering all over you.
Then there was the crab chowder in a sourdough bread bowl on the Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco (one of my favourite cities).
So moving to Ontario, Canada in the South Western area where we are pretty far from the sea and only surrounded by Great Lakes, you can imagine my disappointment at no longer having fresh seafood on hand. Usually, any kind of seafood I have nowadays is the frozen variety and while it nowhere compares to that fresh seafood of my memories, it does the trick of satisfying my cravings.
Crab is one of my favourite choices, growing up we would purchase it whole from the seafood stall at the market at the weekend and have great delight, fighting over the crab legs, to get all the succulent crab leg meat. Around here it tends to be Snow Crab which is on offer, and those are pretty scary to look at, like some kind of mutant alien type crab with huge legs. But still good crab meat all the same.
In this Creamy Crab, Chilli and Cherry Tomato Pasta, the flavour combination is just delicious - that spicy kick of the red chilli, creamy ness of the cream cheese, sweetness of the tomatoes, flavours of the sea from the crab and of course, that comforting pasta (Spaghetti).
I love seafood pasta of any kind, usually with a creamy sauce. Although typically very high in syns too, if ordering from a restaurant. You will be pleased to know that this Creamy Crab, Chilli and Cherry Tomato Pasta however is low in syns, so can be enjoyed without any guilt.
If you love crab, check out some of my other crab recipes:
- Crab Stick Salad (imitation crab, but delicious all the same)
- Crab Stuffed Sweet Potato
- Crab and Quinoa Cakes
- Thai Crab Cakes
- Crab and Chilli Fried Rice
- Crab with Red Pesto Spaghetti
- Low Syn Crab Cakes
or head on over to my FULL RECIPE INDEX with over 700+ amazing Slimming World Recipes.
Creamy Crab, Chilli and Cherry Tomato Pasta | Slimming World
Yield 2 servings
This recipe is Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Extra Easy - 1.5 syns per serving
- WW Smart Points - 9
- 160g of spaghetti
- 150g of fresh crab meat (I use a mix of claw and white crab meat) - can use canned, if you prefer
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 2 red chillies, very finely chopped
- approx 20 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 3 tablespoons of low-fat cream cheese - 3 syns
- fresh Italian Parsley to serve
- Cooking Oil Spray
- black pepper
- Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions. Drain, set aside, reserving a little of the pasta water.
Spray a frying pan with some cooking oil spray, add the garlic clove and cook for about 1 minute to release the flavour.
Add the tomatoes and chilli and cook until softened.
Stir in the cream cheese and a little of the reserved pasta water, until the cream cheese has melted into a creamy tomato sauce.
Add in the cooked spaghetti and crab meat and toss until crab is heated through.
Sprinkle with fresh parsley
Low-Fat Cream Cheese can vary in syn values, so adjust the syns accordingly.
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Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 64 mg
Sodium 305 mg
Total Carbohydrates 68.4 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 8.2 g
Protein 27 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.