Crab Mac and Cheese

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Crab Mac & Cheese (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Crab Mac & Cheese (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Looking for a delicious new twist on a classic recipe? This crab mac and cheese recipe will bring a classic comfort food to a whole new level!  

 

I was cooking up some mac & cheese in my kitchen one day, when I had the idea to kick it up a notch and add something unexpected. There were a few cans of crab meat tucked away in the cabinet that I thought would make a perfect addition. We were blown away by the combination of creamy, cheesy mac & cheese and the subtle sweet flavor of crab.  

 

Having grown up in New Jersey, I’ve always enjoyed rolling up my sleeves, cracking open some crab shells, and dipping the sweet meat into butter. The taste is so scrumptious!

 

 

This recipe calls for just two 6-oz cans of crab meat, which will run you about $5 at the supermarket. The entire recipe will take about 1 hour from start to finish.

Crab mac & cheese ingredients
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 c whole milk
  • 7 T unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 T salt
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz Pecorino Romano cheese, shredded
  • Two 6-oz cans crab meat
  • 1/4 c breadcrumbs

 

Cook the Pasta

The first step is to cook your pasta in a pot of salted water and drain. Set aside.

 

Bechamel Sauce

To make a bechamel sauce, melt butter in a pan over medium heat, just until it melts. Add flour and whisk together with butter for 3-4 minutes, until it turns a light golden color.  

 

Preheat oven to 425℉.

Flour, butter, and milk whisked to light golden color
Flour, butter, and milk whisked to light golden color (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Next, increase temperature to medium-high and slowly add milk while whisking continuously. Cook for about 5 minutes, until sauce has thickened so it coats the back of a spoon. Add salt and whisk again.

Bechamel sauce thickened to coat spoon
Bechamel sauce thickened to coat a spoon (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Adding the Cheese and Crab Meat

Add both cheeses to the bechamel sauce and stir with a spoon until thoroughly mixed.

Stirring cheese into bechamel sauce
Stirring cheese into bechamel sauce (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Open cans of crab meat and drain excess water. At this point, you may add the crab meat into the sauce, or add it together with the pasta.  

 

In your sauce pot or a large bowl, stir cooked pasta together with bechamel cheese sauce and crab meat until mixed well.

Pasta mixed with crab meat and sauce
Pasta mixed with crab meat and sauce (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Baking the Crab Mac and Cheese

Transfer crab mac and cheese to a baking dish and sprinkle the top with homemade breadcrumbs. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Let cool a few minutes. Serve as a main dish, or as a side to steak or chicken.  

Ready to go in the oven
Ready to go in the oven (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Absolutely delicious!  

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Crab Mac & Cheese (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Crab Mac and Cheese

Looking for a delicious new twist on a classic recipe? This crab mac and cheese recipe will bring a classic comfort food to a whole new level!  
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni cooked
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 7 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 oz Pecorino Romano cheese shredded
  • Two 6-oz cans crab meat
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta in a pot of salted water and drain. Set aside.
  • To make a bechamel sauce, melt butter in a pan over medium heat, just until it melts.
  • Add flour and whisk together with butter for 3-4 minutes, until it turns a light golden color. 
  • Increase temperature to medium-high and slowly add milk while whisking continuously. Cook for about 5 minutes, until sauce has thickened so it coats the back of a spoon.
  • Preheat oven to 425℉.
  • Add both cheeses to the bechamel sauce and stir with a spoon until thoroughly mixed.
  • In your sauce pot or a large bowl, stir cooked pasta together with bechamel cheese sauce and crab meat until mixed well. 
  • Transfer crab mac & cheese to a baking dish and sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Let cool a few minutes. Serve as a main dish, or as a side to steak or chicken.  

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