Crab-Shaped Pasta Recipe

As mentioned in my food art post, you're free to experiment with different flavors when it comes to spaghetti. If your child hates the tomato flavor of traditional Prego sauce, you can swap it out for herbs with breadcrumbs, Parmesan and butter, or even mushroom and cream sauce instead.

You're not limited in any way with pasta. Go ahead and toss in some mixed veggies, a few strips of scrambled eggs, or some hot dogs. I think it's important to keep things balanced so keep that in mind when planning how to cook this meal!

Easy to make crab-shaped pasta

How about using some shredded carrots to give the crab a mouth?

  • Ingredients
  • STep-by-step InSTRuctions

Prep time: 15 mins​

Cook time: 10 mins

Total time: 25 mins

Serves: 1

  • In a large saucepan, bring 4 quarts of water to boil. Add salt.
  • Put spaghetti noodles in water, cover saucepan, and cook for approximately 9 to 10 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  • While the noodles are cooking, warm the Snap peas and English peas in a separate saucepan if they're from a can. If the peas are not from a can, cook them in boiling water until tender.
  • Warm the Prego sauce in another saucepan.
  • Once the pasta has softened to your desired texture, drain the water. Next, add melted butter and toss well with pasta.
  • Put aside some pasta strands and place the remaining noodles in one pile near the top of the plate. Arrange the pasta strands on each side of the spaghetti pile to create the shape of crab arms. Arrange some "spikes" on the top of the crab's head. (Refer to picture.)
  • Use 2 pasta strands to form the claws.
  • Add a handful of Snap peas in the pasta and one or two peas on the arms of the crab.
  • Put an English pea in the black olives to create the crab's eyes. Place the eyes approximately halfway up on the pile of pasta.
  • Fill the claws and "spikes" carefully with Prego sauce, adding color and a sweet surprise for the kids.
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