Cajun Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese
Cajun Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese
  • prep: 45 min
  • cook: 20 min
  • total: 1 hr 5 min
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  • Summary

    A spicy Cajun shrimp version of my favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.

    Ingredients

    • Cajun Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese
    • Yield:
    • 8 servings
    • Prep:
    • 45 minutes
    • Cook:
    • 20 minutes
    • Total:
    • 1 hour 20 minutes
    • A spicy Cajun shrimp version of my favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.
    • Ingredients:
    • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
    • 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped into ½-inch pieces
    • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, divided
    • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
    • 1 pound cavatappi pasta (or shaped pasta of your choice)
    • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 3 cups whole milk
    • 12 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, shredded (about 3 cups), divided
    • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups), divided
    • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
    • Directions:
    • 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Heat a large pot of water over high heat for the pasta; cover.
    • 2. In a 10-inch skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. Add the shrimp and ½ teaspoon of the Cajun seasoning and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is all pink and cooked through. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
    • 3. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook the pasta according to the box directions for al dente pasta (if your box doesn't specify al dente, cook it for 1 to 2 minutes shorter than the time called for - it shouldn't be cooked the whole way through). When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it in a colander.
    • 4. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, until the flour starts to brown a bit and smells nutty, whisking constantly. In a slow, steady stream, whisk in the milk. Allow the sauce to come to a simmer.
    • 5. Once the sauce comes to a simmer, stir in 9 ounces each of the Pepper Jack and 6 ounces of the cheddar cheese, adding a handful at a time and stirring with a wooden spoon until completely melted before adding the next handful. Season with the remaining ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper, and turn off the heat.
    • 6. Add the cooked, drained pasta and shrimp to the sauce. Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is completely combined and evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
    • 7. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter with the Panko bread crumbs.
    • 8. Sprinkle the macaroni and cheese with the remaining shredded cheeses. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture on top of the cheese.
    • 9. Bake until browned and bubbly, about 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 106 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 5 g 7.27%
    • Saturated Fat: 2 g 9.78%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 9 mg 3.05%
    • Sodium: 427 mg 17.78%
    • Calcium: 458 mg 45.84%
    • Potassium: 239 mg 6.82%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 0 mg 0.15%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 12 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 0 g 1%
    • Sugar: 5 g
    • Protein: 4 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 2.96%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Vitamin D 11.67%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat1
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch1
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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