A great variation on crab cakes and a great way to spice up macaroni and cheese is to make some rich and creamy crab macaroni. My mouth is watering just thinking about making more. And it’s 9am here. It’s actually an easy recipe with sophisticated flavor and something our whole family enjoys eating, including our toddler.
Crab Macaroni Ingredients
Crab and garnishing ingredients
1 cup of Crumbled and Fried Crab cake batter
4 Tablespoons Cream Cheese
Fresh Oregano for garnishing
Salt and Pepper to taste
Lemon juice (optional)
You can buy boxed macaroni and make it per the instructions. If you do that, I recommend two boxes of white cheddar shell. However, you can also make your own cheese sauce very quickly and easily (and you’ll know everything that’s in it).
16 ounces of macaroni shells
4 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons Flour
3 cups grated white cheddar cheese
Fry up some tasty crab cake batter like in my previous recipe while you boil water for the macaroni shell noodles. You will want to have both of these steps completed before you start making your cheese sauce.
Strain your noodles and while they are draining in the sink, place the 4 tablespoons of cream cheese in the bottom of the pan you poured them out of. Then dump the noodles back on top of the cream cheese to help it melt. Mix in your crab crumbles.
If you are making your own cheese sauce, in a separate pan or deep skillet, you will want to melt your butter and slowly add your flour, mixing the entire time. After this, add your milk. You can vary how much milk you put in in order to make thicker or thinner sauce. Keep stirring. Finally, add in approximately 3 cups of grated white cheddar cheese and continue stirring while it melts.
Once completely melted, pour it on top of the crab and noodle mixture and stir to combine it all together.
Dish it up, garnishing it with oregano and add salt and pepper to taste and a lemon wedge if you so desire.
If you would like, you can spread it inside of a casserole dish, add parmesan cheese to the top, and bake for 10 minutes for a variation to the same recipe.
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Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!