Crab Mac and Cheese

This past weekend was one of relaxation. We normally do not get these with the three kids having some sort of schedule, but my son had a sleepover, and my wife had pretty much came out and said ‘I don’t want to do much this weekend’. I’m game with that. Always.  With that said, I decided I would make a nice meal for the family, a ‘surf and turf’ if you will. There were some ribeye’s on sale, so I picked up a couple as my boys are totally into seared steaks, and they are all now fans of shrimp, or any shellfish for that matter. I picked up some shrimp, and that’s when it occurred to me that I had some crab meat that I forgot to use about a week ago. As I was wanting a side dish to serve, that’s when the light came on and I decided to make a crab mac and cheese.

Crab Mac and Cheese Recipe

I’ve really been thinking of lobster mac and cheese lately, but I figured this would tie me over, plus I was interested in the outcome. The outcome was really good.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz half and half
  • 1/2 lb Cellentani pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese, cut into pieces
  • 4 slices of American cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

Start by melting your butter on medium-high heat. Once melted, add in the shallots and garlic, and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring along the way.

Preheat your broiler to 425 degrees.

Next add in the half and half, and stir. Add in the crab meat, and continue to stir. Once the sauce comes to a simmer, add in the cheeses and let them melt. Once melted, add in the cooked bacon, and the cooked pasta. Stir, and cook until the sauce thickens and completely coats the pasta.

How to make crab mac and cheese

Remove and place into a baking dish. Top with the panko bread crumbs, and place under the broiler until they get nice and golden brown. Remove, and serve.

First off you get everything you love in a creamy mac and cheese, and as I typically use flour when making my cheese sauce, this one was perfect and held up great with my curly pasta. When taking a bite, you get this awesome seafood flavor, and one that you would not expect at first glance, but then you get the great smokiness of the bacon, along with the texture from the bread crumbs. This was a real winner, and one that paired perfectly with the ribeye steaks.

Crab Mac and Cheese
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 16 oz half and half
  • ½ lb Cellentani pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese, cut into pieces
  • 4 slices of American cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • salt, to taste
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Start by melting your butter on medium-high heat. Once melted, add in the shallots and garlic, and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring along the way.
  2. Preheat your broiler to 425 degrees.
  3. Next add in the half and half, and stir. Add in the crab meat, and continue to stir. Once the sauce comes to a simmer, add in the cheeses and let them melt. Once melted, add in the cooked bacon, and the cooked pasta. Stir, and cook until the sauce thickens and completely coats the pasta.
  4. Remove and place into a baking dish. Top with the panko bread crumbs, and place under the broiler until they get nice and golden brown. Remove, and serve.

 

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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