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Buffalo Shrimp Mac & Cheese

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours


6 servings

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
For a rich, creamy and slightly spicy shrimp mac and cheese recipe, you can't beat this crowd-pleasing slow cooker dish. It's a nice new twist on popular buffalo chicken dishes.—Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island
Buffalo Shrimp Mac & Cheese Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gouda or Swiss cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 pound frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Additional Louisiana-style hot sauce, optional


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 8 ingredients; stir in shredded cheeses and macaroni. Cook, covered, on low 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until macaroni is almost tender.
  2. Stir in shrimp and blue cheese; cook, covered, 30-35 minutes longer or until heated through. Just before serving, stir in chives, parsley and, if desired, additional hot sauce.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Crumble your own blue cheese versus buying prepackaged crumbles. It will be creamier.
  • Make a Buffalo chicken version by adding cooked rotisserie chicken in place of shrimp.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cup: 551 calories, 34g fat (20g saturated fat), 228mg cholesterol, 1269mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g protein.

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