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Cajun Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp by Lisa Mazzaferro

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Why I Love This Recipe

One of the five finalists selected for Emeril's Best Mac 'n' Cheese Ever Challenge (2008).

Ingredients You'll Need

1 lb. Cavatappi pasta cooked
8 T. butter, divided
1 lb. medium shrimp cut in thirds
1 tsp. cajun seasoning, divided
1 T. grated onion
3 T. flour
3 cups milk
1/2 lb. Swiss cheese (grated)
1/2 lb. cheddar cheese (grated)
1 lb. pepper Jack cheese (grated and divided)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp. parsley
1/4 cup breadcrumbs


1/4 cup breadcrumbs

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Melt butter in medium sauce pan. Add shrimp, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning. Cook 3-4 minutes, remove.

3. In same pan melt 2T butter, add onion and sauté 1 minute. Whisk in flour, cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk and heat approximately 4 minutes. Add Swiss, cheddar and 3/4 lb. pepper Jack cheese. Stir until smooth. Add 1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir in cooked shrimp.

4. In buttered casserole dish add cooked cavatappi pasta. Pour cheese sauce over mix to cover all pasta.

5. Top with 1/4 lb. pepper Jack cheese, bread crumbs, 3 T. melted butter and parsley.

6. Bake 45 minutes.

Questions, Comments & Reviews

Oh, my gosh...this is SOO divine! I have made it quite a few times and last night I added Gruyere cheese in addition to the rest of was soooooo wonderful!

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