Saturday, January 17, 2009

Crab-Broccoli Macaroni

I've found that this salad goes well for a fancy luncheon with your friends or to take away to a potluck. It's even good on a picnic, served cold.

1 (8 oz.) package medium shell macaroni, uncooked
Vegetable cooking spray
1/3 c. chopped green onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 t. unsalted margarine or butter
1 T. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. Chablis or other dry white wine
1/4 c. skim milk
3/4 t. dried whole basil
1/2 t. dried whole dillweed
1 small sweet yellow pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2 in. pieces
1/2 lb. fresh broccoli, coarsely chopped
1/2 (1 lb.) package frozen imitation crabmeat, thawed, rinsed, and drained ( I like to use the packaged ready-to-use imitation crabmeat, also known as surimi )
Fresh basil sprigs (opt.)

Cook macaroni according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain, set aside

Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add onions and garlic, and saute' until crisp-tender. Remove from skillet, and set aside.

Melt margarine in skillet. Add flour; cook over medium heat stirring constantly, 1 minute.
Gradually stir in wine; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; gradually stir in milk, basil, and dillweed.

Add onion mixture, pepper, broccoli, and crabmeat to sauce. Simmer 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Combine pasta and broccoli mixture; toss gently. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs, if desired.

Yield: 6 servings ( 218 calories per 1- cup serving)

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Thyme for Herbs
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Mildred said...

This is a unique recipe also. This has all of Nalley's favorites too! This has been his lucky week. This sounds easy to make and it would be great for a luncheon. Guess what? It was ten degrees this a.m. and we are having snow flurries tonight - pretty unusual for our area!

Abby said...

Yum! It's definitely adult-style mac-n-cheese. And I love the idea of dill in it - classy! Cute blog!

Deborah Dowd said...

This sounds really good,and since it has several ingredients I love, I am going to give it a try!

AK Mom said...

I just found your blog, and I'm glad I did! This recipe sounds really good. I'm definitely going to have to try it.

Joie de vivre said...

Great picture!

Denise said...

What a great food combo ... a perfect salad for our warm Florida days along with a glass of crisp Pinot Grigio!