Single-Serving Lump Crab Spaghetti

Southern Kitchen
Lump Crab Spaghetti

Single-Serving Lump Crab Spaghetti

Serves: 1

Hands-On Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 ounces dried spaghetti

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 shallot, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons sambal, or other hot chili paste

4 ounces lump crab meat

Kosher salt

Sliced scallions, for serving


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti until al dente, then drain and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the cream and sambal and bring to a rapid simmer. Continue to cook until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and measures about 3/4 cup.

Add the spaghetti and crab meat and toss well to combine. Continue to cook until the cream returns to a simmer and the sauce thoroughly coats the pasta. Season to taste with salt. Transfer to a serving plate and serve topped with sliced scallions.

About the recipe

Cooking solo doesn’t have to be boring or sad. When you’re dining in alone, we encourage you to treat yourself with recipes, such as this rich, creamy pasta loaded with briny, lump crabmeat. In it, the aromatics — shallots, garlic, scallions — and chili paste bring a massive flavor punch to an otherwise simple cream sauce. It’s elegant enough to serve at a dinner party — for one.