Shrimp & Crab Mac and Cheese with Spicy Breadcrumbs
Shrimp & Crab Mac and Cheese with Spicy Breadcrumbs

Shrimp & Crab Mac and Cheese with Spicy Breadcrumbs

  By bbqspot      

April 14, 2020

  • Yields: 8 Servings


1 box (16 ounces) mini penne pasta

1 pound 21-25 count peeled and deveined tail-off cooked shrimp, thawed if necessary

¼ pound refrigerated jumbo lump crabmeat, drained and picked through

1 tablespoon Operation BBQ Relief Cajun Bayou Rub

¼ cup unsalted butter

⅓ cup all-purpose flour

2 cups heavy cream

2 cups whole milk

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese

2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Sliced green onions for garnish (optional)


Large sauce-pot

Wooden spoon


Large bowl

Measuring spoons

Medium saucepan


Measuring cups

Cheese grater

11 x 15-inch baking dish

Small bowl



1Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large sauce-pot, prepare the pasta as label directs and drain.

2In a large bowl, toss the shrimp, crab and 1½ teaspoons Bayou Rub.

3In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook 2 minutes or until roux is thick and blonde, whisking frequently. Whisk in the cream and milk, and cook 5 minutes or until it’s slightly thickened, whisking constantly. Whisk in the cheeses and remove the saucepan from the heat, whisking until the cheese melts and the mixture is smooth.

4In the baking dish, toss the pasta, cheese mixture and shrimp mixture. Makes about 12 cups.

5In a small bowl, stir the breadcrumbs, cayenne and remaining 1½ teaspoons Bayou Rub. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the mac and cheese and bake 35 minutes or until the top is crispy and sides bubble.


  • Complexity: Intermediate
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings


  • The shellfish can easily be omitted for a vegetarian version of this recipe.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1½ cups): 804 Calories, 45g Fat (27g Saturated), 255mg Cholesterol, 808mg Sodium, 58g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 6g Sugars, 40g Protein

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