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Crab and Spinach Penne

Crab and Spinach Penne

This is a quick and easy dish that you are sure to love. It adds a little flair with some crab. Feel free to use fresh caught if you are on the banks of the Chesapeake. Most camping trips I use imitation crab. The creaminess really comes through in the sauce and is a unique meal for a summer camping trip! I have actually enjoyed this meal both hot and cold!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 500 kcal


  • Camp Stove
  • Pot
  • Spoon


  • 1 box Penne 16 oz box
  • 8 oz Spinach Coarsely chopped
  • 8 oz Imatation Crab Larger packages can be used
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic Minced
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Light and prep your camp stove for cooking
  • Cook pasta according to the package directions on the box. Drain, but save one cup of the pasta water. You'll use it to thicken the buttery sauce.
    1 box Penne
  • Heat olive oil and butter in pot and warm over medium heat.
    3 Tbsp Butter, 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Add the garlic and rosemary to the pot and cook until you just start to smell that deliciousness.
    3 Cloves of Garlic, 1/2 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • Pour in the reserved pasta water and stir until it slightly thickens.
  • Shred the crab meat into the oil mixture in the pot. Once completed, add the lemon juice. Mix it all together.
    8 oz Imatation Crab, 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • Once combined, stir in the spinach and cook until the spinach just begins to wilt.
    8 oz Spinach
  • Mix the pasta in and season with salt and pepper.
    Salt and Pepper


Camp Hero Notes
  1. Bring along some Parmesan Cheese to sprinkle over the top. It adds a nice zing to the dish.
  2. Consider making it ahead of time and eating it as a cold pasta salad. It is quite delicious this way too!
Keyword Crab, Pasta, Penne, Quick Meal, Spinach