Crab Meat Macaroni & Cheese

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Crab Meat Macaroni & Cheese

Crab Meat Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 6 baby portobello mushrooms
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1/4 teaspoon paprika
  •  2-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Skim Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  •  1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded medium cheddar cheese, divided

TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  •   1 tablespoon dried basil
  •    1-1/2 pounds cooked snow crab legs, meat removed
  •   4 thin slices Swiss cheese
  •   1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1.  Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté mushrooms and onions in 1 tablespoon butter until tender; set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt remaining butter. Stir in flour, mustard, pepper, salt and paprika until smooth; gradually add cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Stir in 3/4 cup each mozzarella and cheddar cheeses until blended. Remove from heat; fold in macaroni.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°.
  6. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, butter and basil. Transfer half the macaroni mixture to a greased 9×13-in. baking dish.  We use Pyrex 9x13inch Glass Baking Dish Click Here
  7. Layer with reserved mushroom mixture, remaining macaroni mixture, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.
  8. Top with crab and Swiss cheese. Sprinkle with crumb mixture and Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 10 servings.

To safely handle hot pans we use KitchenReady Oven Gloves Click Here

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