A guest post with Crab Carbonara

Natalie  over at What we ate today  and I first got to know each other when I starting blogging and as it turns out, we started our blogs at the same time in April 2010. Natalie was kind enough to ask for me to do a guest post for her and I am finally meeting my commitment to do so today – better late than never they say.   I feel that I do need to qualify my lateness.  Being like a dog at a bone, I was not willing to change my mind on the main ingredient – crab meat, which I battled to find.  I was quite set on doing a quiche from the get go, however, received a few unsavoury looks from a few family members so I asked the question on facebook:  Which would you prefer:  a)crab cakes, b)crab pasta or c)crab quiche.  I think the cakes won in number of votes but after a bit more thought and input from Mom, I settled on b)crab pasta.  What helped make the decision was with using king crab, I wanted to present it in all of its magnificence and not have it hidden away in a crab cake.  So with no further ado, I present you with the very moreish Crab Carbonara.

Crab Carbonara


30ml olive oil
1 large garlic clove crushed
1 birds eye chilli crushed
Zest of 1 lemon (7.5ml)
30ml lemon juice
45ml green onion chopped
45ml parsley chopped – flat leaf or curly
45ml coriander chopped
150g cooked crab meat

100g homemade pasta cooked
2 eggs beaten
45ml parmesan cheese grated
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan and add all of the other ingredients excluding the crab and stir for one minute.
  2. Add the crab and stir gently until heated through and set aside and keep warm.
  3. Place the pasta in the pan and toss to coat and heat through, adding more olive oil if it seems dry or is sticking together.
  4. Add the eggs and toss constantly with tongs until the eggs are barely set.
  5. Add the parmesan cheese and toss again. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Divide the pasta into 2 serving plates and top with the crab mixture.

50 thoughts on “A guest post with Crab Carbonara

  1. Oh, Mandy! This is a feast for the eyes, to be sure. I can only imagine how good this must taste. I’m heading to bed now, hoping to dream of a seafood banquet with a primo piatto of Crab Carbonara.

  2. Oh my, what a great decision on the crab meat…I agree it should be seen with our eyes and tasted in every mouthful, and homemade pasta..I love it!

  3. I have been on pasta kick lately (and seafood – as you know) and this looks perfect! I love creamy seafood pastas. 🙂 Have a great weekend Mandy!

  4. I have never made a carbonara of any sort as I am not a pasta person.. however poor Our John is – so maybe I will try it out on him,, PS webs today but NO spiders, i was very careful for you!!

  5. Holy smokes, this looks amazing. Ive just hauled butt outta bed and am craving a bowl of this. I would never have thought to turn it into a carbonara, but dang, sounds tasty. 🙂

  6. Hi Mandy! Adding crab in carbonara!!!! How delicious – I can totally imagine the taste. I’m so conservative in terms of food that I don’t try beyond “classic” food (in my Japanese cooking most of time). I really need to try out something different. I really love you combined these two together. Great match!!

  7. What a fab, classy way to present a carbonara Mandy! Well done! Ive been gone too long from around here. Did a quick catch up of the posts I could see on the home page. Definitely need to visit more often. Did you ever get the cook book you won on your return to SA?? I hope so……

    • Hi Colleen, thanks for stopping by and for your kinds words. 😀
      I did receive the book, thank you! I have made 2 recipes from it so far – the brandy snaps and the buttermilk rusks – I will post about them on the 9th and 12th September. The next recipe I want to try is the Fillet of Beef with rosemary, baby onions and Dijon mustard. Soon, hopefully. Have a happy week. 🙂

  8. Silly trigger finger….too quick for my mind hehe. It sent before Id finished….just wanted to say, I wish I had a fig tree like yours and to wish you a happy week. Hugs xx

  9. Thanks for the wonderful post Mandy, I adore crab so you could not have chosen anything better. Thanks to all your readers who popped by too. I notice that one person commented that the post had not appeared yet – apologies – it was set to run at 9 am (UK) time. I hope that she had the chance to pop by. Thanks again.

    • Hi Natalie. You are most welcome, I am thrilled you liked my choice of using crab. I have family and friends who live across the globe and the time differences always seem to get me muddled – never sure who is ahead or behind me in time. Have a happy week. 🙂

  10. Hi Mandy! Fabulous idea. I love carbonara myself. I have had a different seafood version in the back of my mind for some time now. One of these days I’m going to pull out!

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