Crab Fra Diavolo Angel Hair Pasta Recipe

Crab Fra Diavolo angel hair pasta is a simple and easy pasta dish that cooks up quick enough for a weeknight meal but luxurious enough for a special meal.

This is a recipe from my husband’s grandmother and is served for the Feast of Seven Fishes and other special occasions.  I’ve worked it into our go-to dinner menus because it’s so good and so easy to make.


Blue Crab Fra Diavolo Angel Hair Pasta

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Pasta Course, Seafood
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta, seafood
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 419 kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio

Blue Crab Fra Diavolo Angel Hair Pasta is a simple and easy pasta dish that cooks up quick enough for a weeknight meal but luxurious enough for a special meal.



  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 T crushed red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 1 T dried basil
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 6 oz tomato paste 1 can
  • 1/4 C of red wine
  • 28 oz pureed San Marzano tomatoes 1 28-oz can
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 lbs angel hair pasta
  • 3/4 lbs crabmeat picked over for bits of shell and rinsed with lemon juice (Dungeness, blue crab, and jumbo lump crab all work well)
  • 1/4 C chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh basil


  1. Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Add the wine, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, and oregano and cook until the garlic is a cooked, about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and cook the sauce for 20 minutes.
  6. While the sauce simmers, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  7. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions.
  8. Once the pasta is on to cook, carefully add the crab and cook until just heated through.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Drain pasta and place in individual bowls then ladle sauce over pasta.
  11. Sprinkle the fresh herbs over the pasta
  12. Season with salt and black pepper.

Recipe Notes


Serve with crusty Italian bread or garlic bread, a simple salad and a glass of Chianti.  Sit back and enjoy!

This reheats well just make sure to go low and slow, so the crab doesn't get tough.

Nutrition Facts
Blue Crab Fra Diavolo Angel Hair Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 899mg39%
Potassium 973mg28%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 1180IU24%
Vitamin C 23.2mg28%
Calcium 113mg11%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

1 Comment

  1. Mark

    OMG, I love this. My grandmother used to cook this when we would go crabbing in Wildwood, NJ.


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