Baked Crab Mac And Cheese

I have an awesome recipe for you today. How can you make macaroni and cheese better? Add crab, lot’s of flavorful cheese and bake it!

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I’ve been craving mac and cheese for the longest time! I don’t make it too often. It’s the weirdest thing, every time I make it, it tends to jump in my mouth no matter how full I am. Baked macaroni and cheese is so good and can be very addictive. The family loves it though, so I make sure they are around when I made it, so it doesn’t just jump in my mouth.

I’ve made a few different versions of mac and cheese before. It’s just one of those dishes where you can play with different flavors and find the ones that you like the most. My favorite way of making mac and cheese is baking it. This time, I decided to make it extra special so I got some claw crab meat and added it. Seafood is great paired with pasta and Parmesan cheese and crab is one of my favorite types of seafood. I didn’t have a doubt that it would turn out perfectly. It sure did!

I also like to use more flavorful cheeses. I like to use sharp cheeses or smoked cheeses. Sharp white cheddar is one of my favorite’s. There is nothing like fresh grated Parmesan too.

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Baked Crab Mac And Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of dry macaroni
  • 6 oz claw crab meat
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 1 large shallot, chopped finely
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 oz fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz sharp white cheddar cheese (block, it will melt better)
  • salt, fresh cracked pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly grease a casserole dish.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to the box instructions, drain well. Add the crab meat and set aside.
  3. In a sauce pot, melt the butter (on medium heat) and add chopped shallot. Saute until fragrant.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over the shallot, mix well. Slowly pour in the milk while constantly stirring with a rubber whisk. The mixture will start thickening.
  5. Grate the white cheddar into the milk mixture. Add salt and pepper and keep stirring, slowly, until the cheese is melted.
  6. Pour the cheese mixture into the macaroni and crab. Add half of the grated Parmesan cheese. Stir well, until all combined.
  7. Transfer into a baking casserole dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and the other half of the grated Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. **Recipe by Lyuba from willcookforsmiles.com
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Comments

  1. Another great recipe! You always have the best food…can I come over for dinner? :) I really want to try this. My family is also addicted to mac & cheese.

  2. Sounds like a great combination! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. This looks scrumptious! Pinned ;) Thanks for the recipe! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! This looks so delicious and sinful! I am pinning it right now!

  5. Yum! Any kind of mac and cheese is a-ok with me. This sounds fabulous!

  6. If there’s a better word than scrumptious, then that’s the word I want to use for this dish. Thank you for sharing.
    Pinned.

    Consider yourself hugged,
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  7. My husband would fall over dead for these! Thanks for sharing! I’d love to have you visit me at Get Your Crap Together! We have a Pattern Party from the 1st of the month to the 10th and would love you to check it out. See you soon!

  8. Oh my gosh amazing! I just love your recipes!!

  9. Visiting from Recipe Sharing Monday. Crab is probably my favorite type of seafood–especially the claw meat. This looks good!

  10. I’m so hungry now!!! Thanks for sharing! Found you over at Your Whims Wednesday.

  11. Holy. Moly. Please please please come visit me and bring this along. I’ll pay for your plane ticket, lol.

    Man. I literally want to lick the screen. This is bad.

  12. Thanks for linking up to your whims wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button! http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/04/your-whims-wednesday-109-and-features.html

  13. Its in the oven right now, can’t wait! Added some puréed cauliflower and shredded zucchini and squash to get some veggies into my family. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  14. How many does this serve?

    • Caitlyn, this made a full, 9-inch pie dish. I would say that it safely serves 6-8 (depending on how hungry they are :) )

  15. Penguins mom says:

    I have tried making Mac & Cheese from Martha Stewart’s recipe to Kraft Mac & Cheese from a box, but my son just wouldn’t eat it until now! HE LOVES this recipe and asks for it specifically! Thank you!

  16. Wife and I are trying it tonight. The only change is we spooned it into a cupcake pan to make individual sized servings. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. Thank you for the recipe.

  17. I have this in the oven now! It smells delicious!

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