Delux Mac and Cheese With Shrimp and Crab

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 40 mins

This classic comfort food dish goes upscale with the tasty addition of shrimp, crab, cream and fresh basil. For a change, I have added half a bag of steamed baby spinach to the mixture

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a pot of salted water, cook macaroni until tender, about 8 - 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter an 8 x 8 baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a large sauce pot, add the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Using a whisk, slowly add the milk and cook until it thickens.
  4. Remove the sauce from heat and mix in the cream, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add 3/4 of the cheese. When the macaroni is cooked, drain it well. Add to it, the shrimp, crab and basil and gently add the white sauce. Spoon macaroni mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Top with the remaining chedar and parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden.
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Most Helpful

I love this recipe and have made it a couple of times; however, the directions are a bit fuzzy and I didn't realize it until I went to share them. In step 3, it says "Using a whisk, slowly add the milk and cook until it thickens". Following this in Step 4, it says to "Remove the sauce from heat and mix in the cream, ......" No where is there listed two separate items for milk AND cream, so I am only guessing that this is some sort of typo. We really like this recipe and have shared it with others! I use more shrimp and crab meat than it calls for because my family likes lots of seafood.

Carole Mather June 21, 2016

Was really good. Made it for my husband for his birthday. He loved it. I made a couple of changes. put 8 oz. of velveeta cheese, about 1 teaspoon onion powder and 16 oz of lump crabmeat and a pound of shrimp.

georgehd1340 September 25, 2012

Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

missy1273 February 12, 2011