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Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat Recipe

Macaroni and cheese, a comfort food that never disappoints. It’s also a crowd pleaser dish for kids and adults. This recipe isn’t a typical mac and cheese dish because I’ve added a bit of crabmeat. This is for a pasta and seafood lover. It takes a few steps but it is a yummy addition to any meal.

Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat
Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3-4 cups of macaroni
  • 3-4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped green onion or chives
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of Old Bay seafood seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk or milk
  • 1/3 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 basil leaves chopped finely
  • 1/2 a medium yellow sweet pepper chopped
  • 1 can of crab meat or fresh crab meat (drain can of any liquid)
  • 1/2 cup of grated white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup grated Havarti cheese
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 pieces of Laughing Cow Cheese (Chives and Onion or any other flavour you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup of panko bread crumbs (seasoned with parsley, onion and garlic powder)

 

Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat in Casserole - Green Onion, Garlic, Basil, Yellow Sweet Pepper, Parmesan Cheese, White Cheddar and Laughing Cow Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat in Casserole – Green Onion, Garlic, Basil, Yellow Sweet Pepper, Parmesan Cheese, White Cheddar and Laughing Cow Cheese

Directions:

  1. Boil a large pot of water and add salt for cooking the macaroni (approximately 12-15minutes)
  2. Drain the water out of the pot and leave a little of the pasta water in the pot with the cooked pasta (approximately 1/4 cup of pasta water)
  3. Place the pot with cooked macaroni on medium-low heat on the stovetop
  4. Add the butter, Laughing Cow creamy cheese and garlic to the pot with the macaroni and stir for a minute
  5. Add the green onion, Old Bay seasoning, salt, black pepper, thyme, smoked paprika, basil, cyellow pepper to the pot and stir for a minute
  6. Add the can of cooked crabmeat to the pot and stir for a couple minutes
  7. Add the almond milk, the grated white cheddar and parmesan cheese to the pot and stir frequently until cheese is all melted for approximately 3-5 minutes
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  9. Place the macaroni and cheese mixed ingredients from the pot into a casserole dish
  10. Sprinkle the Havarti grated cheese on top of the macaroni until it is covered with the cheese
  11. Sprinkle the panko bread crumbs to cover the top of the macaroni and cheese
  12. Bake in casserole dish until cheese is bubbling and the panko is golden brown (approx. 10-15 minutes)
  13. Let it cool for a couple minutes and serve.
Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat in Casserole - Green Onion, Garlic, Basil, Yellow Sweet Pepper, Parmesan Cheese, White Cheddar and Laughing Cow Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat in Casserole – Green Onion, Garlic, Basil, Yellow Sweet Pepper, Parmesan Cheese, White Cheddar and Laughing Cow Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat in Casserole - Green Onion, Garlic, Basil, Yellow Sweet Pepper, Parmesan Cheese, White Cheddar, Laughing Cow Cheese and Havarti Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat in Casserole – Green Onion, Garlic, Basil, Yellow Sweet Pepper, Parmesan Cheese, White Cheddar, Laughing Cow Cheese and Havarti Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat in Casserole - Green Onion, Garlic, Basil, Yellow Sweet Pepper, Parmesan Cheese, White Cheddar, Laughing Cow Cheese, Havarti Cheese and Panko Bread Crumbs
Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat in Casserole – Green Onion, Garlic, Basil, Yellow Sweet Pepper, Parmesan Cheese, White Cheddar, Laughing Cow Cheese, Havarti Cheese and Panko Bread Crumbs

I added the Laughing Cow creamy cheese because I was using almond milk that isn’t creamy like milk and to add another layer of cheesy goodness. I enjoy the addition of the seafood with mac and cheese and it makes a good standalone meal or a side dish.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and I’d love to hear what your perfect combination is for your mac and cheese favourite recipes.

Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat
Macaroni and Cheese with Crab Meat

 

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