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Shrimp & Macaroni Casserole Recipe

Shrimp & Macaroni Casserole Recipe

Mac and cheese goes upscale in this deliciously cheesy variation. The shrimp gives a unique twist to this popular standard. —Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:3 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh spinach


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the egg, cream and butter; set aside. Drain macaroni; transfer to another bowl. Add the Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, garlic, salt, pepper and reserved egg mixture to the macaroni; toss to coat. Stir in shrimp and spinach.
  • 2. Transfer to a 1-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and cheese is melted. Yield: 3 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 371 calories, 21g fat (12g saturated fat), 175mg cholesterol, 671mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

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LindaE123 User ID: 661915 264689
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2017

"Nice recipe. Like many others, I substituted peas for the spinach (I actually used a peas & carrots blend) and in addition to the shrimp, which I precooked from reading reviews that some of the shrimp didn't cook completely, I tossed in some imitation lobster as well. Real lobster would be better, but I only buy it when it's on sale. This would also be good with bay scallops. I may try that next time instead of the imitation lobster."

browns19fan User ID: 919833 244909
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2016

"Marvelous! I followed the recipe pretty closely, except that I used cheddar cheese instead of the Parmesan, and I experimented a bit with the spinach. I defrosted a 10-ounce package, squeezed it as dry as I could get it, spread it out on a cookie sheet that I first coated with cooking spray, and baked it at 350 degrees for half an hour. The baking removed even more liquid without drying the spinach out completely.

I also cut the shrimp in half crosswise instead of chopping them. Although the visible shrimp were cooked, the ones buried in the casserole needed a little nuke-time. We will definitely be having this again, so I will try halving the shrimp lengthwise."

cindysunflower User ID: 7921064 242463
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Very yummy! I made this on a "snow day" with what I had on hand. Like others I used a combination of cheeses for the parmesan (cheddar, smoked gruyere, and parm) and substitutes peas for the spinach. I will definitely make this again."

veggiemama User ID: 4640590 216710
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"So easy yet sooo delicious! I used precooked shrimp."

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 104508
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"This was very good. The only change I made was I used a Asiago, Fontina, Parmesan, Provolone mix in place of the Parmesan. My husband liked it. Will make again."

Julie47 User ID: 5769337 164812
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"So very very good! Frozen peas are great in place of the spinach. Cooked shrimp instead of raw worked as well."

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 180495
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

"Wow! Ok, I doubled the recipe. I also added a couple of seasonings - old bay & paprika just on top. I should also say that the garlic cloves were huge so this was very garlicky - delicious if you love garlic. I would have done a full pound of shrimp for 6 servings though. Next time."

luvoffood User ID: 7211799 104507
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"Delicious! The trick is to add different cheeses. I used shredded asiago, provolone, romano, mozzarella, fontina and parmesan. Yum!"

LauraJK User ID: 1069385 179386
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"This recipe will go into my collection. Made it tonight for dinner and it turned out great. My husband remarked "this is a good one!". Would like to double and freeze one next time. I did add more shrimp and a bit more spinach. Was kind of casual with the ingredients. I can see where this would be easy to adjust to your tastes (different types of cheeses, more veggies, etc..). Went together quickly - did have to cook about 15 minutes extra, but probably because I added quite a bit more shrimp."

ahd605 User ID: 2867335 180494
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"we enjoyed this i did add more shrimp :-)

Was a great grown up mac and cheese"

shiny0torchic User ID: 6958458 104503
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"The only change I made to this recipe was that I quadrupled the ingredients so that I could make two small casseroles and freeze one of them. I wasn't actually very impressed. It was very quick and easy, but it wasn't the most appetizing meal. I probably won't make this again."

shiny0torchic User ID: 6958458 178835
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"The only change I made to this recipe was that I quadrupled the ingredients so that I could make two small casseroles and freeze one of them. I wasn't actually very impressed. It was very quick and easy, but it wasn't the most appetizing meal. I probably won't make this again."

ladycubsfan User ID: 5505834 113146
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"So quick, so easy, so delicious. Made exactly as written except left medium shrimp whole, doubled the recipe and increased shrimp. My husband and daughter absolutely loved it and said they definitely want it again. Thanks for sharing."

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 120637
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"quick, easy, yummy!"

ladyv62580 User ID: 2585837 179345
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"We loved this!!!"

Tjenkz06 User ID: 6702285 120635
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"Amazing !!! My new favorite dish. I cant wait to make it for everyone !!! All though It was a little watery I poured some it out and baked it for another 5 mins which made it 25 minutes total cooking time.

I had it with a baked sweet potato . Went well together !"

lizjulisami User ID: 5243568 162489
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"It was okay will try again."

donna914 User ID: 2673055 98181
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"Perhaps I did something wrong, but mine came out a bit watery. The flavor was rich & cheesy. Will definitely try this again."

AllyOops User ID: 6411249 164810
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"Is it possible for a dish to be too delicious? Oh, my goodness. This is the best I have had in a while. The richness of the cheese and depth of flavor made me want to go back for third and fourths. I doubled the recipe and the only thing I would change is to add more shrimp, perhaps half again what the recipe calls for. I want shrimp in every bite. Despite that, it is sooooo delicious!!!"

Whyn User ID: 6304470 164808
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012


Colnight User ID: 41759 179343
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"I say it was good, not the greatest I had, but good. I wouldn't make it again though."

maneau User ID: 6367956 210558
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"it was very good"

ranforever User ID: 6434204 178824
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"It was ok but it just didn't float my boat..."

chellieandkids User ID: 1973287 98180
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"Traded the spinach for steamed broccoli and it was EXCELLENT. My shrimp loving children ate this right up and they don't usually like mac & cheese. I have doubled it and frozen one it worked just great! (frozen, then cooked) We really enjoy this, I need to remember to buy shrimp more often so we can make it again."

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 104502
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Ooops! Forgot the stars ... sorry!!!!"

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 97035
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"This is a great recipe! My husband is a Diabetic and I have high blood pressure. We use margarine rather than butter, fat free half-and-half, skip the salt and double the shrimp. We also increase the garlic to 3 cloves because we love garlic."

marie elena User ID: 5759429 183004
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012


ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 120634
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"This is very good, but it is little bit dry."

seahorse35 User ID: 2242910 180493
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"i forgot to add the stars to my previous post. I give it 5 stars, this is very good! I used no fat half and half and the healthy "butter" spread to help with calorie and fat content. I want to see if I can find low fat parmesan cheese somewhere. That would really help. I still would like to know about freezing it, though. I would like to double it and freeze half and wonder about freezing it before or after putting it in the oven. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I would serve this to company!"

seahorse35 User ID: 2242910 111444
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"I would like to know if anyone has tried to freeze this. I would love to be able to make extras and freeze for a quick dinner on a busy day."

robinmag User ID: 6186221 180492
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Wow, wow, wow. I made this for dinner last night and ate the leftovers for lunch and dinner today and wishing I had some more for tomorrow. Followed the recipe almost exactly, but I added a little more salt because I like things pretty salty. I can't wait to make it again."

darcien007 User ID: 5786236 113130
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"I am giving this a five based upon the wondeful recipe. I used whole grain egg noodles. Nest time I think i will use shells. I also used a combination of swiss and gruyre cheese. I doubled the recipe. I LOVED it. However, it was missing something...not sure what yet. I did squeeze some lemon over shrimp and spinach. Maybe some artichoke hearts added. Just needs something a little more."

tramar User ID: 1227142 104501
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"I don't eat shellfish so I substituted 2 cans Albacore Tuna for the Shrimp and it was still fabulous! I did add a package of fresh sliced Cremini Mushrooms lightly browned in

the 2 tablespoons melted butter and added them to the egg and cream. This is now dubbed my new "Gourmet Tuna casserole" and will be relied upon often. Bon Appetit!"

Rockamama User ID: 1263362 97020
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2011

"For a more elegant presentation, substitute fettucine noodles for the macaroni."

CWyatt User ID: 3826639 162487
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Delicious! My husband especially loved this recipe! I did not have any spinach on hand, so I used broccoli, and used a larger ratio of broccoli/shrimp to pasta. I will definitely make this again!"

jamiekidd77 User ID: 3461757 111442
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"My family and I LOVED this recipe. I doubled it to serve 4 and it came out delicious. We liked it so much that I made it again a couple nights later. One thing I did not do was chop the shrimp, I left them whole and it was even more delicious. Great recipe!"

swtlissdrmwvr User ID: 4026485 183002
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"This is so delicious! I used a different noodle but followed the recipe exactly! It was so yummy! This is requested alot in my home!"

SemperCooking User ID: 4495950 182979
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"Outstanding! My oldest daughter and wife loved it (still working on my 14 year olds taste). The recipe was enough for 2 (or for 3 light side dishes). Great "comfort food"!"

carolh36 User ID: 3307121 111441
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"Very good and easy to make. A little dry so added a little extra 1/2 and1/2 also has fress aspargus so used instead of spinach"

schmoosh User ID: 3105633 162485
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"I used 1/4 cup 2% milk, 1/4 lb frozen cooked shrimp, and 1/4 cup frozen thawed chopped spinach (because that's what I had on hand) and baked it for only 15 was DIVINE!!!"

Pamlalala User ID: 1483572 182978
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"I tweaked this recipe a little...I didn't have macaroni so instead of going to the store I used what I had on hand. I substituted wide noodles for macaroni, and instead of spinach I used Asparagus. I also added Italian bread crumbs to the topping. It was a huge success. My husband loved it. It was cheesy with so much flavor. I know I will make it again and again. The recipe was enough for 2 people but next time I will double it so we can have leftovers!"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 180622
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I used cooked shrimp and land o' lakes fat free half & half and 2% mozzarella cheese and the Barilla Plus maccaroni to make it healthery. It was very good."

alisonderry1975 User ID: 3942916 180473
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

"Absolutely love this recipe!"

sandyblas User ID: 3867310 111434
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"This was great even my husband (who's usual comment is it's fine) said this was good. I used evaporated fat free milk in place of half and half and it was still very rich."

territlive User ID: 4322878 111430
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2009

"Re: Shrimp & Macaroni casserole

It is the new favorite. I did add smoked bacon.

NyxRizzi User ID: 1335843 210557
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2009

"My husband is a very picky eater. I'm always looking for new ways to make pasta a little more exciting. This is now one of his favorite dishes! I added a 1/2 cup of feta cheese to give it a little kick. Very delicious!"

charles coello User ID: 3504906 178821
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2009

"Very good! This is a keeper that we will certainly make again."

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