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Crabby Mac & Cheese | The Ultimate Comfort Food

One of the best Mac & Cheese dishes I've ever tasted and I love Mac & Cheese
Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Louise Long

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce Box Penne Pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 3 Small Sweet Yellow Peppers you can use one large yellow pepper
  • 1/2 Vidalia Onion diced
  • 1 Cup Portobello Mushrooms about three baby portobellos, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Cup Half and Half Cream
  • 4 Ounces 1 Cup Smoke Greyer, grated
  • 3 ounce 3/4 Cup Asiago, grated
  • 8 Ounces 2 Cups White Cheddar, grated
  • 4 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 8 Ounces Crab Meat
  • 1 Tomato about a cup diced
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese finely grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a 6 quart pot, heat 12 cups of water and 1- 2 Tablespoons of salt on high until boiling. Add penne pasta and cook about 10 minutes or until it's al dente (slightly firm)
  • While your pasta is cooking, roughly chop the mushrooms, slice the yellow pepper into thin strips and dice your onion.
  • When the pasta is done, drain the pasta in a colander and pour the pasta into a 9x13 casserole dish. Set aside until cheese sauce is finished.
  • In a large saute pan, heat the butter on medium until melted. Add in mushrooms, peppers, onions, salt, pepper and old bay seasoning. Saute about 3 minutes.
  • Add flour to saute pan and stir to incorporate flour with the butter and vegetable mixture
  • Add shrimp stock and 1/2 and 1/2, stirring constantly over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken
  • Add in grated cheeses (except Parmesan) and cream cheese, continue to cook until cheese has melted and your sauce has thickened.
  • Add in tomatoes and crab meat ,stir to combine and turn heat off
  • Pour cheese & crab meat mixture over pasta and stir gently to combine.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until you have a thick and creamy sauce.
  • Remove from oven, Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top.
  • Serve and Enjoy!