Cajun Crab Mac n Cheese

My mouth waters just thinking about this ooey-gooey concoction of flavors. This recipe is to die for – it’s creamy and has a lil’ kick to it! This recipe has 4 kinds of cheese in it, BUT the game changer is definitely the Trader Joe Cheddar & Gruyere Melange cheese. It’s so cheap compared to the gruyere or white cheddar any other store, & they combine them into one!

You seriously have to try this recipe, it’s totally worth the carbs

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Cajun Crab Mac n’ Cheese

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry macaroni noodlesTJ Cheese.png
  • 2 cups shredded gruyere/white cheddar melange (Trader Joes)
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan romano
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp butter – melted
  • 4 oz imitation crab meat or regular crab claw meat 

Instructions

  1. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven to 425IMG_8533-1.jpeg
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook macaroni until al dente (about 6 minutes) and reserve about ¾ cup of the pasta water
  3. In a large saucepan simmer the heavy whipping cream, Cajun seasoning, and cayenne until it reduces by half (about 10 – 15 minutes)
  4. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted
  5. Whisk in the cheddar gruyere mixture until the sauce is smooth
  6. Add the crab meat to the mixture and stir until combined
  7. Add the macaroni and pasta water (about ¾ cup) to the saucepan and stir to combine. Season with salt to taste
  8. Transfer to a baking dish and sprinkle with parmesan cheese
  9. Combine the breadcrumbs and butter and sprinkle on top of the macaroni and cheese
  10. Bake until the cheese is bubbly and the breadcrumbs are lightly browned and crispy, about 10 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!

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