Crab Newburg over Old Bay Pasta – Dirt Cheap

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Transform a little bit of crab into a delectable feast with this simple crab newburg over homemade old bay pasta recipe!
Part of learning how to feed a family of 4 for less than $250 a month is learning how to take advantage of the resources you have on hand. In this particular case, this entire delectable Crab dish cost less than $2.50 to feed the entire family, including leftovers for a 2nd meal.


We live on the East Coast and had the pleasure of taking advantage of the recreational crabbing that is available here. Last fall we spent a fun weekend crabbing, which resulted in several packages of delicious crab meat being packed away into the freezer to enjoy later in the season.


For this particular recipe you’ll need:

  • 3 Tbs Butter/margarine
  • 3 T. Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 3/4 c. Water
  • 1 1/4 c. Milk
  • 1/2 c. Sherry (If you’re using Cooking sherry- keep in mind that it’s HEAVILY salted and it will change the flavor of the sauce). In a pinch a light white wine can be substituted for the sherry. (such as Zinfandel, or Pinot Grigio).
  • Crab Meat or Cooked Shrimp (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Old Bay Pastaor Freshly Baked Biscuits


Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, add the flour & seasonings, stirring well. Allow it brown slightly, add water, continually stirring, add milk. Bring to a light boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the sherry. Continue cooking until the mixture is thick and smooth.

Add the crab meat, stirring gently until warmed through. Canned crab can be use in place of fresh crab.

Serve over fresh hot cooked pasta or freshly baked biscuits. Due to the colors of the pasta and the cream sauce, this isn’t a particularly pretty dish. You could add 1 tsp of chopped fresh parsley for a bit of color.


Cost of this Recipe broken down:

Amount Used in Recipe

Real Butter $2. lb (purchased on sale). 1 lb = 24 Tablespoons = .08 per Tablespoon


Crab- 2 cups


Old Bay Pasta




Milk- 1 Gal for $3. = 16 cups =.19 per cup


Sherry – $1.98 bottle


Flour (5lb bag is $2.29) 20 c. flour in 5lbs/ 16T per cup= 320 Tbs per 5lb bag = .007cents per Tablespoon


Total Cost of Recipe


Even if you had to Purchase canned Crabmeat, you could STILL make this recipe for under $3. for your family.



About Liss 3993 Articles
Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.

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