Crab Mac & Cheese

Feb 13, 2018 | Gourmet, Kid-friendly, Pasta & Grains, Pescatarian | By aquastar

Description

Our spin on classic mac & cheese features elegant, tasty crab morsels. Lush rotini noodles are cooked al dente, then folded into a buttery, cheesy crab sauce with hints of paprika, garlic and mustard. Add a sprinkling of crunchy bread crumbs and bake to golden-brown perfection. Serve as a mouth-watering meal, appetizer or side dish for everyone to enjoy. Mac & cheese will never be the same again.

Summary

Recipe Level

Moderate

Cooking Time

1:00

Servings

6

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Ingredients

  • 6 oz Aqua Star Crab Meat, thawed and drained
  • 2 cups rotini pasta
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Black pepper, freshly ground

To make

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cook pasta to al dente, drain and set aside. In a separate pot, melt butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard; keep stirring for about 5 minutes, making sure it is free of lumps. Stir in milk, onion, bay leaf, garlic powder and paprika. Simmer 10 minutes and remove bay leaf. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese, crab meat and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Fold macaroni into crab mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Topping: Melt butter in a sauté pan and toss bread crumbs to coat. Top macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with salad, garlic bread, roasted corn, sautéed spinach, blackened catfish or as a side dish to other grilled fish.