Baked Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese


Baked Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese


Baked Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese is gooey, rich, creamy comfort food kicked up a notch with Old Bay seasoned shrimp. This is a creamy, rich, and decadent recipe for an 'over the top' experience.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups uncooked pasta (elbows, medium shells, Cavatappi)
1/2 lb shrimp (peeled, deveined, and tails removed)
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

2 tablespoons butter (divided)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar Jack cheese
1 cup heavy cream

1 Egg
4 ounces processed cheese food (Velveeta cheese)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

Cut the processed cheese food into small cubes and set aside.
Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt.
Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.

At the same time, cut each shrimp into 2 or 3 bite sized pieces and sprinkle with the Old Bay seasoning. Click for Old Bay Seasoning.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter.
Cook the shrimp for about 2 minutes, stirring often until pink and opaque. Remove from the heat and set aside. Do not overcook as they will cook a bit more during baking.

Drain the water off the pasta and return it to the cooking pot over low heat.
Stir 1 tablespoon butter into the pasta until melted and turn off the heat.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Whisk together the egg and heavy cream.

To the pasta, add the heavy cream mixture, 1 cup of shredded cheese, and the processed cheese food cubes (Velveeta cheese).
Pour in the shrimp and butter from the skillet, scraping the pan to get all the butter.
Mix it all together and season with the salt and pepper.

Pour the pasta mixture, divided evenly, into two 20 oz oven safe baking dishes. Click for 20 oz oven safe baking dishes.
Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until heated through and bubbling around the edges.
Allow to cool for about 5 minutes and serve on cork trivets to protect surfaces from heat. Click for cork trivets.