Mac & Cheese brings on the smiles! Who can resist this silky smooth, creamy, cheesy mouth-watering macaroni with a crunchy parmesan topping? Plus, it’s a convenient meal all made in one pot!
If you don’t like prawns, don’t worry. Just swop out the protein according to your preferences. Make it a chicken, salmon or even a good ole plain Mac & Cheese.
Recipe for Garlic Shrimp Mac & Cheese
Good for a family of five to six.
- Shrimp (about 20 small or medium-sized pieces, halve them lengthwise to yield more shrimps and to spread more of them throughout the dish)
- 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 3-1/2 tablespoons of butter (divided)
- 3 tablespoons of All Purpose Flour
- 2 cups of milk (room temperature/warmed)
- 2-1/2 cups of hot water
- 8 oz elbow macaroni (uncooked)
- 1-1/2 cups Cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup of Mozzarella cheese
- Dried parsley (optional)
- Dashes of paprika (optional)
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- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white or black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of mustard powder
Parmesan Breadcrumb Topping (mixed together and set aside):
- 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celcius.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large, deep skillet over high heat.
- Add the shrimps, sprinkle with pepper, then cook for 1 minute. Add garlic and cook for another minute until the shrimps change colour but are not fully cooked.
- Transfer the shrimps to a bowl. Turn heat down to medium.
- Melt the remaining 2-1/2 tablespoons of butter in the same skillet. Add flour, mix well and cook for 1 minute. You are making roux that will help thicken the sauce later.
- Pour milk in slowly and keep stirring as you pour. Once incorporated and lump free (use a whisk to thoroughly mix), stir in the seasoning then the water.
- Once the liquid is hot, add the macaroni. Cook for 8 to 9 minutes, stirring regularly, until macaroni is almost cooked through. Take it off the stove.
- Add the shrimps and cheese, then stir through until all the cheeses are melted.
- Now is the time to adjust the taste if needed. Don’t worry if the macaroni looks too diluted as the sauce will get absorbed and thicken further in the oven.
- If your skillet is not oven safe, transfer the macaroni and shrimp to an oven-safe dish. Here’s where you can get an oven-safe skillet.
- Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the macaroni. Then place the dish in the preheated oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
- Sprinkle with parsley (dried/fresh) and dashes of paprika for nice touch of color. Serve and enjoy!
- Skip steps 2 to 4 if you just want plain Mac & Cheese without any shrimp or chicken.
- Low fat, 2% milk works fine with this recipe. However, the higher the fat content in the milk, the creamier the mac and cheese you will get.
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