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Crab Mac and Cheese

With jumbo lump crab meat, old bay seasoning, fontina cheese and cheddar cheese, this crab macaroni and cheese is for those special occasions.
Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 531kcal
Author Ryan Beck

Ingredients

  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 ¼ tsp Old Bay seasoning, divided
  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp ground mustard
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 cups shredded fontina cheese (¾ lb)
  • 3 cups shredded white sharp cheddar (¾ lb)
  • 1 lb jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 lb macaroni

Instructions

  • To make breadcrumb topping, melt 2 tbsp butter in small pan over low heat. Once melted, add panko, garlic, ½ cup Parmesan and ¼ tsp Old Bay and toss to combine. Set aside.
  • In large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt ½ cup butter. Stir in flour, remaining Old Bay, ground mustard and black pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until well combined. Gradually add milk and cook until the mixture is smooth and bubbly, about 10 minutes. You'll want to stir constantly.
  • While making sauce, cook macaroni according to package and set aside.
  • Remove sauce from heat and gradually add fontina, cheddar cheese, ½ cup Parmesan cheese and the crab meat. Stir in until cheese is melted. Add pasta and mix until everything is coated. Pour into a 9x13 greased baking dish. Top with breadcrumb mixture. 
  • Put under broiler until the mixture bubbles and top is browned. Should be about 1 to 2 minutes. You can't leave unattended or it will burn. Remove from broiler and let rest for 5 minutes.

Notes

  • No overcooked pasta – cook the macaroni al dente according to the package instructions. The pasta will finish cooking in the oven while it’s in the sauce.
  • Freshly grated cheese – don’t use pre-shredded cheese. It doesn’t taste as good and also has additional ingredients that you don’t need.
  • Stir constantly – once the milk is added, you must stir constantly as it heats up and becomes thick. Otherwise you’ll have burnt milk on the bottom.
  • Lots of sauce – who likes a dry mac and cheese? At first when making this macaroni and cheese, you’ll think it is too much sauce but believe me when that the macaroni soaks it up.
  • Broil topping – only broil topping for 1-2 minutes so it gets browned and doesn't overcook the pasta.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 769mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 4g