Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Mac and Cheese

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Mac and Cheese

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Mac and Cheese

Prep Time:15 minutes Cook Time:1 hour Total Time:1 hour 15 minutes Servings: 8

Cajun seasoned mac and cheese with shrimp and sausage.

  • 1 pound pasta (such as macaroni) (gluten-free for gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage, diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers (green or yellow, or orange or red), diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Start cooking the pasta as directed on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the shrimp, seasoned with the cajun seasoning, and cook until cooked, about 2 minutes per side, before setting aside.
  3. Add the sausage to the pan and cook, before setting aside.
  4. Add the butter to the pan, let it melt and start to bubble, add the onion, peppers, and celery and cook until tender, about 7-10 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and cajun seasoning and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  6. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, mixing, until until it turns a light golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the milk, mix, bring just to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes.
  8. Mix in the cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese and cream cheese and cook, mixing, until the cheese melts into the sauce.
  9. Mix in the cooked and drained pasta, shrimp and sausage and optionally pour into a large oven safe pan.
  10. Melt the butter in a pan, mix in the breadcrumbs and set aside.
  11. Sprinkle the cheese onto the mac and cheese followed by the breadcrumbs before baking in a preheated 350F/180C oven until the breadcrumbs are lightly golden brown, about 15 minute.

Option: Skip the breadcrumb topping and serve at step 9!
Option: Add hot sauce to taste!
Option: Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce!

Nutrition Facts: Calories 577, Fat 37g (Saturated 18g, Trans 0.5g), Cholesterol 129mg, Sodium 752mg, Carbs 56g (Fiber 3g, Sugars 7g), Protein 27g

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