CAJUN SHRIMP AND CRAB MAC AND CHEESE

This Cajun Shrimp and Crab Mac and Cheese is super creamy, cheesy and decadent. This delicious spin to the classic dish will surely be your new favourite!

CAJUN SHRIMP AND CRAB MAC AND CHEESE

INGREDIENTS
CAJUN SHRIMP:
  1. 2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined (if frozen, thawed)
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1-2 Tbsp cajun seasoning
  4. Pinch of Salt
  5. Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
MAC AND CHEESE:
  1. 3 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  2. 2Ibs Fresh Crab legs, cooked OR 2 and 1/2 cups imitation crab meat, diced
  3. 1/4 cup fresh or dried basil + more for topping
  4. 1 cup whole milk
  5. 2 - 2 and 2/3 cups evaporated milk
  6. 1/2 - 1 tsp Paprika, or to taste (see notes)
  7. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, or to taste (see notes)
  8. 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  9. 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  10. 2 large eggs, beaten
  11. 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  12. 2 cups mild cheddar cheese, grated
  13. 2 cups colby & monterey jack cheese, grated
  14. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  15. Cajun seasoning, for topping
INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE CAJUN SHRIMP:
  • Read the notes before beginning the recipe.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. In a medium bowl, add shrimp, olive oil, cajun seasoning, and a pinch of salt and pepper and toss to combine and coat the shrimp.
  • Once skillet is hot, add shrimp and cook, stirring constantly until shrimp is pink, 4-6 minutes. Set aside.
FOR THE PASTA:
  • Preheat oven to 350F (177C). Lightly butter a 9x13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add macaroni and cook until al dente (look at package directions to see how long it takes). Do not overcook.
  • Drain well and transfer cooked pasta to a large bowl. Mix in Cajun shrimp, crab chunks and basil. Set aside.
FOR THE CHEESE/MILK MIXTURE:
  • In a large bowl, add milk and evaporated milk and whisk to combine. Add paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Taste the milk and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Once you're satisfied with the taste, add the eggs and beat until mixture is combined.
  • Set aside 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup of colby & monterey, and 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Add the remaining cheese to the milk mixture and stir to combine.