Thursday, June 18, 2009

Crab and Spinach Casserole and Awards

I've had my eye on this recipe for a while and am so glad that I finally tried it. I'm a fan of everything spinach, and the crab thrown into this casserole makes it a definite winner. The recipe calls for imitation crabmeat, but I imagine it would be superb with fresh crabmeat if you can find it on sale. I was a little worried that the imitation crab would ruin the dish, but it really had a nice flavor when mixed with the leek soup mix. I would recommend cutting it into smaller pieces before adding it to the casserole, however. As usual, I added more than the recommended amount of cheese to the top of the dish before baking. I wanted a nice thick crust on top. The only other change I would suggest would be to add some salt to the dish before baking. I did salt the water before cooking the pasta, but I felt that the sauce needed a little salt as well. I added some into the recipe listed below. Since I served mine with homemade garlic knots (recipe coming soon), I chose to use garlic salt. If you aren't a fan, regular salt would work fine.
Crab and Spinach Casserole
2 cups uncooked gemelli pasta
1 package (1.8 ounces) leek soup mix
2 cups milk
1 package (8 ounces) refrigerated imitation crabmeat chunks (cut into smaller pieces)
2 cups baby spinach leaves, stems removed
1/2 - 1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
Garlic or regular salt to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 1.5 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on the package. While pasta is cooking, mix soup mixx and milk in a 1 quart saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Mix pasta, cut crabmeat, and spinach in the casserole. Pour soup mixture evenly over the pasta mixture, stirring gently to mix. Spread evenly. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until bubbly and light golden brown.
Source: Betty Crocker's Quick and Easy

Finally, a sincere 'Thank You' to my sister, Rachel and the girls at Three on Food for the awesome awards pictured above. It has been a rough few weeks with my grandfather being ill and my son dealing with some health issues. These awards totally made my day and I truly appreciate them! I'm going to have to brainstorm and pass these on very soon! There is such a large list of deserving bloggers who I so love visiting every day! Check back soon and I promise that I'll get these handed out! :)


  1. Looks grogeous. I love spinach so giving this one a try!

  2. This looks you I love all things spinach. The addition of crab makes it even better - shrimp would probably taste great too.

  3. I love the spinach in there - so nice with pasta and crab!
    Looks heavenly, as usual :)

  4. Beautiful presentation!

    Congratulations on your awards! You have a beautiful blog with delicious recipes. Your hard work and dedication in preparing the best for your family and friends and then sharing with "us" really shines through.

  5. Looks so good and party ready

  6. Mmmm, I love the crab, this looks wonderful!

  7. Congrats on the very deserved awards! This crab casserole looks so tasty!

  8. I love all of these ingredients - I need to make this soon!

  9. This looks so rich, creamy and yummy!

  10. Nice casserole -- it would make a great company or party dish. Thanks for visiting my site.

  11. Aw, congrats on your awards! And this dish looks so creamy and delicious!! I think I may have to try this one!

  12. I imagine this would be quite tasty with shrimp or lobster too!