Crab Macaroni & Cheese Recipe
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Crab Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

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Crab and mushrooms put a deliciously different spin on classic macaroni and cheese. It's an upscale casserole for special occasions...but my family could eat it every day!—Angela Ochoa, Lake Elsinore, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 6 baby portobello mushrooms
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded medium cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1-1/2 pounds cooked snow crab legs, meat removed
  • 4 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 535 calories, 29 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 118 mg cholesterol, 534 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 25 g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onions in 1 tablespoon butter until tender; set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt remaining butter. Stir in flour, mustard, pepper, salt and paprika until smooth; gradually add cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 3/4 cup each mozzarella and cheddar cheeses until blended. Remove from heat; fold in macaroni.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, butter and basil. Transfer half the macaroni mixture to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with reserved mushroom mixture, remaining macaroni mixture, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Top with crab and Swiss cheese. Sprinkle with crumb mixture and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Crab Macaroni & Cheese in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2009, p20

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"This has been my son's birthday dinner choice for 3 years now. He LOVES this! (I omit the mushrooms for him.) 10 servings is a lot of mac and cheese. ;)"

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"The recipe is bursting with flavors and is one of my husbands favorite dish."

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