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SHRIMP MAC AND CHEESE

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. cavatappi pasta
  • 1 lb. medium size shrimp, peel, deveined
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 oz. Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 4 oz. Gouda cheese, grated
  • 4 oz. parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco hot sauce
  • 1 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of flour

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix seasoning blend and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add about 1 tablespoon of salt to boiling water. Add pasta and cook 8 minutes. Remove pasta from stove, drain, rinse in hot water, drain again. Coat pasta with about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
  2. Peel and devein shrimp, place in a bowl and season with 1 tablespoon of seasoning blend and mix well.
  3. In a skillet, add remaining 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, heat over medium heat. Add vegetables and saute for about 5 minutes, add 1 tablespoon of seasoning blend to vegetable mixture and cook 1 minute more. Add shrimp and saute for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Shrimp will finish cooking in the oven.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Mix all grated cheese together. Reserve 1 cup of cheese to top the mac and cheese.
  6. In a stock pot, add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Heat to medium heat add flour and whisk well. Cook for about 4 minutes, whisking constantly, add remaining seasoning blend, cook for 1 minute more. Reduce heat to medium low, add cream and milk and whisk well. Add cheese by the handful, whisking well after each addition. Add hot sauce. Once all cheese has been added toss in the cooked pasta and shrimp veggie mixture, cook for 1 minute more.
  7. Butter a 13X9 oven proof casserole dish with about 2 tablespoons of butter. Place the pasta cheese mixture in the casserole dish.
  8. Melt remaining butter, toss in panko and minced parsley, mix well. Top casserole with remaining cheese topping and sprinkle panko mixture on top.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, turn oven to broil and broil for 4-5 minutes are until panko is golden brown.
  10. Allow Shrimp Mac and Cheese to rest about 15 minutes then serve. Enjoy!

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