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Crab Mac and Cheese

Crab Mac and Cheese

Go beyond expectations when serving this sophisticated take on mac and cheese. Just like lobster, crab offers rich flavors and pairs incredibly well with our Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar, making this a sure-fire hit, when- and wherever it is served. Enjoy smooth tones of nuts and caramelized onions from the cheese, melded in perfect harmony with the savory sweetness of the crab. When all else fails, knowing how to make the perfect Crab Mac & Cheese always makes for a special dinner.

45 min 4 servings
Cheesy Sweet Cream

ingredients

  • ⅔ pound pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2½ cups milk
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp coarse grain mustard
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 12 oz Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar
  • 8 ounces crab ground beef
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumbs

preparation

Get ahead on dinner with minimal effort in the kitchen. Our version of Crab Mac and Cheese guarantees that you hit home every time. Adding succulent white crab meat to your creamy mac and cheese is something truly special, both when enjoyed with friends, or by yourself. Cooking with crab can be as easy as it is delicious, and when following our recipe, you will be diving in to the perfect guilty pleasure in no time.

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

2. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente.

3. In a saucepan melt butter and add plain flour. Stir until you get a paste. Slowly add milk while stirring and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.

4. Turn the heat to medium, add grated Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar and stir until the cheese has melted and you get a nice smooth sauce. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and lemon zest. Make sure the sauce is slightly wet as it will thicken up again in the oven.

5. Drain the pasta and add to the cheese sauce along with chopped flat leaf parsley.

6. Pour half the mac & cheese into a coated baking dish, add the crab meat and then the rest of the mac & cheese on top. Top with breadcrumbs and the rest of the grated mature cheddar (1.75 ounces). Finish with a few small cubes of butter on top.

7. Bake for 30 minutes at 350° F.

Crab shares many of the traits seen in lobster and has been prized for its sweeter taste and delicate consistency. Delight in the complex and nutty zests from the Cheddar and let the brightness from the crab carry you to mac & cheese heaven. Combined, tones of butter and sweetness entwine like a tightly woven knot and create a rich and velvety finish. The crabmeat packs a punch, and the clean flavor stands in great contrast to the creamy sauce of the cheese. Few recipes do comfort food better, and our Crab Mac & Cheese is the epitome of food for the soul and is guaranteed to impress at get-togethers or potlucks. Our Crab Mac & Cheese is ideal for when you want the most out of the time spent in your kitchen.

Tips & tricks

There is something uniquely calming about a serving of mac & cheese, which has made it a household favorite across the entire world. We at Castello® love the vast world of mac & cheese just as much as you do, and the great versatility has allowed for countless of delicious variations. Have a go at some of the incredible Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese for days when you need an added kick or try our Mac & Cheese for one and get to the good part even quicker. Keep it simple with our Baked Mac & Cheese or try our Cauliflower Mac & Cheese and leave out the carbs. All of our recipes are easy to follow and require little to no effort in the kitchen.