Outer Banks Catch recipe: Quick crab and spinach lasagna

By on October 18, 2018

Fall and winter menus call for comfort food that sticks to your ribs and has a host of flavors, and quick crab and spinach lasagna fits the bill.

This recipe, adapted from a Betty Crocker offering, is quick to make and doesn’t require a day-long shopping trip to find ingredients.

Even with the storms of the past two months, fresh Outer Banks Catch crab can still be found at your favorite seafood market.

For a different take, you can even substitute with shrimp and fish.

9 lasagna noodles
1 can each of cream of chicken soup and half-and-half milk
½ cup chopped medium size onion
1 clove of minced garlic
1 tsp white pepper
3 tbl flour
1 8 oz container of ricotta or cottage cheese
1 package of mixed Italian cheeses
1 cup of parmesan cheese
1 package of frozen spinach
1 lb of cooked crab meat
3 tbl of butter

Assembling the dish
Mix cream of chicken soup, milk, pepper, flour, onion and garlic in pan and bring to a low boil then remove from heat. Stir in well drained spinach and crab meat.

Melt butter in bottom of baking dish, then follow the following steps in order:

  • Place three cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of the dish.
  • Spoon one-third of the spinach and crab meat sauce on the noodles.
  • Top with one-third each of the ricotta (cottage) cheese, mixed Italian cheeses and parmesan.

Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 two more times until all ingredients are used. Parmesan cheese will be the last ingredient to be added.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Crab Fast Facts courtesy of SoftSchools.com

  • Crabs greatly vary in size. Smallest species, Pea Crab, reaches from 0.27 to 0.47 inches in length. Largest species, Japanese Spider Crab, has a leg span of 12 feet (from claw to claw).
  • Crabs are omnivores (they eat both meat and plants). They eat different kind of algae, fungi, bacteria, other crustaceans, mollusks and worms.
  • Some species of crabs are solitary, while other live in the group. Collective name for the group of crabs is “cast”.
  • Crabs communicate via sound. They produce drumming and flapping sounds by using their claws and pincers.
  • Pregnancy lasts one to two weeks and female deposits between 1000 and 2000 eggs.
  • Crabs live three to four years.

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