Squid Ink and crab pasta with tomato salsa

Squid Ink and Crab pasta with tomato salsa

Sometimes I want something quick and easy. Pasta is perfect go to food and this week when I was making pasta for the market I made extra for dinner.

I had friends coming for dinner and didn’t have a starter, or time to prep. This is a super quick recipe and it hit the spot. I had a whole, cooked crab but you can use a dressed crab if you don’t want to pick the meat, or even tinned meat. I used both the brown and the white meat of the crab.


fresh crab


The greenhouse is full of chillies and tomatoes. They grown in an abundance and I picked some tomatoes to go with the crab. I had yellow, red and black tomatoes that I picked for a salsa.


Squid Ink & Crab Pasta with a Tomato and Mangetout salsa

preparation time 10 minutes

cooking time 1-2 minutes

serves 6 as a starter or 2 as a main course


  • 1 medium sized crab, picked with the brown and the white crab meat separated
  • 250 gr or 8.8 oz pasta
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, de seeded and sliced fine
  • 6 mange tout, sliced fine
  • 1/2 red chilli, de seeded and sliced fine
  • 6 mint leaves, shredded fine
  • 5-10 gr butter
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • olive oil
  • sea salt

I picked the crab and separated the brown and the white meat. To make sure there was no bone go through the white meat twice.

Mix the brown meat with the cream. Add a pinch of salt if necessary. Set aside until you are ready to serve.

De seed and slice the tomatoes fine. Mix with the mangetout, mint and chilli. Let it drain until you are ready to serve. Just before serving mix with a little extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.


tomato and mangetout salsa


Bring a big pan filled with salted water to a boil and cook the pasta, as it is fresh it will only take 1-2 minutes. When cooked place the pasta in a bowl and add the butter. Let the pasta mix with the melting butter.

Place the brown crab meat on a plate. Add the pasta, the salsa and finally white crab meat. Drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil and serve.


Squid Ink and Crab pasta with tomato salsa


Pasta and crab is a great combination and I am bringing a plate of this to the lovely Angie’s Fiesta Friday. This week, even if I arrive late I am actually co hosting. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t cooked, come along and have a look, I guarantee it will make you hungry! My lovely co hosts Juhls, The Not So Creative Cook, brought us a delicious sounding Balsamic Chicken that sounds like the perfect crowd pleaser!










12 Responses to “Squid Ink and crab pasta with tomato salsa”
  1. mistimaan says:

    Its a delicious recipe…loved it 🙂

  2. Jhuls says:

    The combination of pasta and crab sounds an absolute yum! They are my two absolute favorites.Thank you for sharing the co-hosting duties with me, Petra. Have an amazing day!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Juhls
      I feel bad I was so far behind you but it never stops me enjoying Fiesta Friday and even better when co hosting with you! 🙂 Almost time again! x

  3. Recently my daughter asked about squid ink pasta! We’ve never tried it. It looks so dramatic! 😄 Love this easy gourmet recipe, Petra! And thanks for hosting! 😘

    • petra08 says:

      hi Angie
      Thank you! The color is great! A little squid ink goes a long way. Am sure you could buy it dried if you don’t want to make your own! It doesn’t have a strong seafood flavor.
      Thank you again for having me, late and all! 🙂 xx

  4. Incredible recipe…looks so elegant 💖💖

  5. LocalChef says:

    Reblogged this on We Love Food .

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