The ultimate seafood comfort food… perfectly seasoned cheesy macaroni full of shrimp and crab meat!
- 1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni, cooked 2 minutes less than al dente, drained and rinsed with cold water
- 7 tablespoons butter, divided
- 3/4 pound medium shrimp peeled, deveined and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 heaping teaspoon freshly minced garlic
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 1–1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (more or less, to taste)
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (more or less, to taste)
- 1–1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1–1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 1–1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 pound cooked lump crab meat
- Optional fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees .
- Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring constantly, just until pink (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the melted butter to a medium bowl and toss with the panko bread crumbs.
- Add diced onions and garlic to melted butter in saucepan and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add flour and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.
- Add milk and whisk until smooth and there are no lumps.
- Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until thickened, whisking constantly.
- Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and Old Bay Seasoning.
- Remove saucepan from burner. Add cheeses and stir until smooth. Fold in macaroni, shrimp and crab meat.
- Transfer to an 11 x 7 casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Top evenly with buttery panko bread crumb mixture.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bread crumb topping is golden brown and sauce is bubbling around edges.
- Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, for garnish if desired.
Adapted from MarthaStewart.com