9 days dinner night #3… Mascarpone, crab and broccoli brown rice pasta. Mangia!


Dinner #3: Nine days (Check out last night’s eggplant dish!)

Luscious and creamy baked pasta with minimal effort. After a long day at work I wanted to make a nice dinner for family; my brother and sister came for dinner! My brother Max dubbed this dish “restaurant quality.” The Hubs ate two bowls. It may sound like a weird combination to mix imitation crab with dairy and a vegetable; but the dish was more than harmonious. 


Fork- view.

Ingredients: Yields one large 9 x 13 baking dish full of pasta to feed 4 hungry people and leftovers.

  • (See picture below)
  • One container of mascarpone cheese. Mascarpone is a sweet cream based cheese in the cream cheese family. I used the Trader Joe’s brand. Delicious and not expensive.
  • 2 of each of the following frozen herbs: basil, garlic and red chili.
  • 8-10 sticks of imitation crab meat. Defrosted enough to cut with a knife.
  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
  • 1.5 cups of frozen broccoli pieces.
  • Cornflake crumbs and olive oil for top of the pasta dish.
  • 1 bag of penne pasta. As usual, I chose Trader Joe’s brown rice penne. Cooks the fastest and tastes like white pasta!



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook pasta until al dente (3/4 of the cooking time)- cooking process will finish while baking. Drain pasta.
  • While pasta is cooking, in a non-stick large frying pan over a medium heat (any higher and the chemicals from being non-stick are released); sauté the cubed crab sticks with the frozen herbs.
  • After five minutes of cooking, add the entire container of mascarpone cheese into the crab mixture. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Taste, adjust seasonings to your taste buds.
  • Simmer for another 2 minutes, add in drained al dente pasta and frozen broccoli.
  • Pour pasta and crab sauce into a parchment lined 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Sprinkle cornflake crumbs over pasta and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake for 25 minutes uncovered.

Serve with a small side salad for a complete delicious meal.

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Time for sibling fun :)

Side note: How did I create this? I like to google many combinations of ingredients that I have for my dinner. Real crab and mascarpone was a popular topic. Result was a NON fishy tasting dish. I repeat, it truly does not taste like fish; the crab lent a sweet flavor and soft texture for the pasta.

I’d love to hear if you have had dinner success with interesting ingredients! Share below your crazy combos… :)

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3 thoughts on “9 days dinner night #3… Mascarpone, crab and broccoli brown rice pasta. Mangia!

  1. SB says:

    Just found your blog and it looks great! Just FYI, imitation crab either can or always has gluten.

  2. Cathy says:

    What brand of imitation crab do you use? Looking for a kosher, gluten free one.

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