Monday, April 30, 2012

Crab Stuffed Rigatoni

I've had this pasta for awhile. I picked it up on sale with the thought of, I could stuff these. With what? I had no idea, I'd never stuffed a noodle before! Although it is on my bucket list-check that one off! While shopping my husband says, we should buy some crab. Me: how on earth would I prepare it? So we bought it not quite knowing what to do with it. Then the idea formed: put them together. So I researched some recipes and realized I am not sophisticated, I don't like scallions and there were many ingredients that I didn't have a clue what they were (some were definitely foreign). But from the recipes I was able to get the gist of what might taste good with the crab. And I decided to make my own recipe-gasp!

Here's my list of ingredients:
2 tomatoes, cut like the picture below
1 garlic clove (prob would do more next time, was just what I had)
3 green onions
1 t italian seasoning
1 t oregano
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper
8 oz of Rigatoni noodles (picture below)
4 oz cream cheese (1/2 pkg)
2 T Parmesan cheese
8 oz imitation crab meat
1 jar alfredo sauce
1.5 c chicken broth (mine was homemade, so had some other seasonings in it as well)

1. Boil water
2. Cook noodles about 5 minutes-they should not be done. These are the ones I used. About a 1/2 inch diameter.
3. Mince garlic
4. While noodles are cooking blend the crab meat, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese and garlic in blender. I use our Ninja-one of my favorite kitchen appliances.
5. Cut tomatoes and green onions
6. Drain noodles and run cold water over them.
7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
8. Start stuffing noodles. I used a stick from a candied apple to help push it in. This will take awhile. Place in greased 9x13 baking pan after stuffed.
9. When you need a break from stuffing, put alfredo sauce, chicken broth and spices in a saucepan. Heat til warm and turn off.
10. Stuff the rest of your noodles.
11. Sprinkle tomatoes over stuffed noodles.
12. Pour sauce over noodles and tomatoes.
13. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

And the end result? DELICIOUSNESS!


  1. When are you making it for us?

  2. Honey I`m watching u for a while! I like your blog and I was thinking...maybe we can follow each other! tell me what do you think, kisses :X

  3. This looks so yummy! I want to make it now - just wish there were more people in my family that would eat this type of food with me =)