Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe

Rating 5.0
| 1
| Published on February 12, 2024
Enjoy the nostalgic comfort of an American childhood favorite with this seafood mac and cheese. Combine the richness of five cheeses and three seafood choices to delight your guests at your holiday table or offer an elevated experience at your family dinner table.
Utensils Dinner
Globe New American
24
ingredients
14
steps
90
minutes
Chef Janet has spent her professional life creating fantastic food and teaching others how to prepare it for themselves. Her recipes emphasize health and well-being, informed by her extensive travels around the world. These adventures helped her incorporate international elements into her culinary creations. As a speaker, coach, teacher and author of five books, Chef Janet offers a wealth of incredible experience to every session.

Ingredients

Servings:
10
For the Macaroni Noodles
1 lb
elbow macaroni
6 qt
water
1/2 tsp
sea salt
For the Roux
1/4 cup(s)
butter
1/4 cup(s)
all-purpose flour
For the Cheese Sauce
3 cup(s)
whole milk
1 cup(s)
heavy cream
1 cup(s)
cheddar cheese, grated, see notes 1
1 1/2 cup(s)
Asiago cheese, grated, see notes 1
1 1/2 cup(s)
Gruyere cheese, grated, see notes 1
1 1/2 cup(s)
Gouda cheese, grated, see notes 1
1 cup(s)
mozzarella cheese grated, see notes 1
1 tsp
sea salt
1 tsp
ground black pepper
1/2 tsp
paprika
For the Seafood
1 tbsp
olive oil
1/2 lb
peeled, deveined medium raw shrimp
1 tsp
seafood seasoning
1 cup(s)
lump crab
2 oz
hot smoked salmon steak
For the Topping
1 cup(s)
finely crushed potato chips
1/2 cup(s)
finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp
ground nutmeg
2 tbsp
butter
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Directions 14 steps | 90 Minutes

Step 1

Prepare the noodles. In a large pasta pan, bring the water to a rolling boil. Add the salt. Add the elbow macaroni. Boil for about 12 minutes, until almost tender.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Prepare the noodles.
Step 2

Strain and rinse in cold water.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Strain and rinse in cold water.
Step 3

Prepare the seafood. In a skillet, heat the oil on medium heat. Add the shrimp and the seafood seasoning. Cook until the shrimp turns pink. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Prepare the seafood.
Step 4

Crumble the smoked salmon into bite-size chunks. Add the smoked salmon chunks and lump crab to the shrimp. Toss and set aside.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Crumble the smoked salmon into bite-size chunks.
Step 5

Prepare the roux. In a large saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Prepare the roux.
Step 6

Before the butter browns, whisk in the flour, to create a crumbly paste.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Before the butter browns, whisk in the flour, to create a crumbly paste.
Step 7

Make the cheese sauce. Whisk in the milk until the roux has blended. Then whisk in the heavy cream. 

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Make the cheese sauce.
Step 8

When the mixture has warmed to a very slight bubble, but is not boiling, begin to sprinkle in the cheddar, Asiago, Gruyere, Gouda and mozzarella cheeses, small handfuls at a time, whisking constantly so the cheese doesn't clump.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: When the mixture has warmed to a very slight bubble, but is not boiling, begin to sprinkle in the cheddar, Asiago, Gruyere, Gouda and mozzarella cheeses, small handfuls at a time, whisking constantly so the cheese doesn't clump.
Step 9

Add the salt, pepper and paprika.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Add the salt, pepper and paprika.
Step 10

Prepare the seafood mac and cheese. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Mix the cooled noodles with the cheese sauce. Gently toss in the seafood to distribute throughout the noodle and cheese mixture. Spray a large casserole dish with cooking oil spray. Pour the noodle mixture into the casserole dish. (See notes 2.)

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Prepare the seafood mac and cheese.
Step 11

Prepare the topping. In a food processor, pulse the potato chips until minced.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Prepare the topping.
Step 12

Stir in the finely grated Parmesan cheese. Add the nutmeg.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Stir in the finely grated Parmesan cheese.
Step 13

Spread the mixture over the top of the noodles. In a small saucepan, melt the two tablespoons of butter. Drizzle over the top. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 25-30 minutes until the topping has reached the desired brown texture.

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Spread the mixture over the top of the noodles.
Step 14

Serve and enjoy!

Seafood Mac and Cheese Recipe: Serve and enjoy!

Notes:

  1. In a food processor (or by hand), grate each of the cheeses. Avoid using pre-grated cheeses whenever possible.
  2. An 8x11-inch or 9x13-inch dish would work.

Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
841
FAT
51.8 g
PROTEIN
47 g
CARBS
46 g
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Carmela G.

Carmela

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13 Feb 2024

A perfect recipe for all occasions. This recipe can easily become a crowd favorite.

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