Shrimp Mac 'n' Cheese


Shrimp Mac 'n' Cheese

This recipe for shrimp and pasta casserole is a must-make for seafood and pasta lovers.

Shrimp Mac n Cheese
Shrimp Mac n Cheese
40 Min

Our Shrimp Mac 'n' Cheese is a seaside version of that classic comfort dish. The shrimp gives it an added flavor of summer, but this creamy, dreamy mac and cheese recipe is perfect all year round. One bite, and we know this is going to be your new favorite. It's an all new mac and cheese dinner sensation that you'll want again and again. 

When it comes to comfort food, you can't beat a good seafood mac and cheese recipe. This is one delivers! Using both cheddar and mozzarella, tasty shrimp, and a buttery cracker topping, you will be in heaven as soon as you start eating. To learn how to make this shrimp mac, simply watch the video and follow along with the easy directions below.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound pasta shells
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed butter crackers
  • 1 pound cooked and peeled medium-sized shrimp

Shrimp Mac and Cheese Recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  3. In a large soup pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, seafood seasoning, salt, and pepper, and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Gradually add milk, bring to a boil, and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 3 cups cheese until melted.
  4. When sauce is smooth, remove from heat, add cooked pasta, shrimp and mozzarella cheese and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
  5. In a small bowl, combine crushed butter crackers with remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter; sprinkle on top of the casserole. Bake 20-30 minutes, or until heated through and the top is golden. Serve.

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Why would you change the recipe?? I want the old one back!!

This recipe could easily become one of my favorite things of all time! Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite comfort food sides and shrimp is one of my favorite meats (is it really even considered a meat?) You can't go wrong with old bay seasoning, I use it in so many seafood dishes. I didn't even bother to cut the shrimp in half, and I added a bit more than the recipe called for. Love this recipe!!!

I made this dish tonight and used a really good sharp cheddar, and 12oz of frozen small shrimp (a little bigger than the macaroni) and increased the Old Bay to 1 teaspoon because we love the taste. OH my GOODNESS... this is rich and luscious and sinfully good. I know most would say don't put cheese with seafood but if you love mac and cheese and you love shrimp, You're gonna get addicted to this dish!

I would love to rate this recipe 5 stars but have no idea how to do that. Seems like once its added to my recipe box there's no way to rate the recipe. Problem is I add them to my collection BEFORE I try them so how can I rate something I have not made yet? Any suggestions?

Hi PA Momma! Thank you so much for your comments! After reading your comment, I saved this recipe to my Recipe Box and then was able to rate it. If you are not able to, we can look into it. Please let me know if you still can not. Thank you!

My family just love shrimp scmpi so I know we will be crazy about this !

Could we have the recipe for the microwave cheese sauce?

Made this tonight exactly as per instructions. It is a new favorite now. My husband and I enjoyed the mix of flavors very much. Just like eating out in a restaurant!

Will try tonight. I'd never change a recipe until I've made it at least once following the original directions. If I want something different I'll create it from scratch - I enjoy trying recipes other than my own.

Sounds delicious and I will make it, but I think I'll use a microwave cheese sauce recipe I have.

Seriously,,, microwave cheese sauce????


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