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Crab Mac N Cheese

Crab Mac N Cheese
  • dinner
  • entrée
  • 4 servings
  • 45 minutes

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Crab Mac N Cheese

  • dinner
  • entrée
  • 4 servings
  • 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 T Butter
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 ¼ C Whole Milk
  • 1 3/4 C White Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 C Elbow Pasta
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 C shelled Dungeness Crab Meat
  • 3 T Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Béchamel Sauce: Add butter to sauce pan over medium high heat. Once melted whisk in flour and let cook until slightly browned (1-2 mintues). Slowly whisk in milk and let thicken for 8-10 minutes over medium heat, continue to whisk to ensure it isn’t sticking to the bottom of pan. Once thickened, whisk in cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pasta: Bring water to a boil. Add salt then add pasta. Cook for 2-3 minutes until pasta is just tender (not completely cooked). Drain and rinse pasta. Stir in pasta to cheese sauce. Turn off heat.
  4. Topping: In bowl, mix crab bread crumbs and smoked paprika together. Seasonal with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Next, add topping to casserole. Top with fresh Dungeness Crab, sprinkle bread crumbs and season with smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.

Serves 4

Recipe by Chef Liz McCune of Eat Seattle.