Do you celebrate Mardi Gras aka Fat Tuesday? This year the kids and I are celebrating through food with a Cajun recipe since we are certainly not headed to New Orleans. It’s a Cajun macaroni and cheese dish with crawfish and shrimp. Although this recipe has quite a few ingredients it is super easy to make. If you do not have penne pasta on hand, just use whatever you have available.

The best part is you can tell your kids that it is just fancy macaroni and cheese.  The chances are quite high that they will eat it and like it! Serve it with Cajun cornbread.

What is Cajun Food?

Cajun food is a combination of French and Southern cuisines found along the bayous of Louisiana. It was developed by Cajun–Acadians who were deported from Acadia to Louisiana in the 18th century. They incorporated West African, French, and Spanish cooking techniques into their cuisine. If you are trying your hand at making cajun food for the first time you might want to try out this easy jambalaya.

Crawfish & Shrimp Macaroni & Cheese Cajun Recipe

Crawfish and Shrimp Mac & Cheese Ingredients:
8 oz penne pasta
4 slices thick bacon
2 green onions, sliced
1 Tbsp. Butter, room temp
2 Tbsp. Flour
1 cup half and half
1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
Water
2 cup cooked crawfish tails
2 cups medium-sized peeled and tail off shrimp
1½ c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 c shredded Colby / jack cheese mix
1/2 cup panko crumbs
 
Instructions:
Add a dash of salt to 1 quart water in a large pasta pot.
Bring water to a boil, add pasta and cook according to the package directions.
Drain and set the pasta to the side.
Slice your green onions and set to the side.
While you are cooking your pasta, cook your bacon to a crisp, so you can crumble.
Use the same skillet that you cooked your bacon in add your butter.
Melt butter on medium heat and then add green onions and cook 2 minutes.Cajun mac and cheese
Add 2 Tbsp flour and cook 1 minute.
Add your half and half and whisk to prevent clumps.
Add Cajun seasoning and mix to combine.
Add your crawfish tails, and shrimp and stir often for 5 minutes.Cajun mac and cheese with shrimp and crawfish
Add cheeses and stir until melted.
Fold pasta and half of the bacon into cheese sauce.
Top the pasta mix with remaining bacon and bread crumbs.
Turn your oven to broil.
Place your pasta mix in the oven and toast for 5 minutes.
Remove garnish with green onion slices.
Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.
 
As you embark on this flavorful journey with our Crawfish & Shrimp Macaroni & Cheese Cajun recipe, I hope your taste buds savor every delicious bite as much as mine did. There’s something truly magical about the fusion of creamy cheese, succulent seafood, and bold Cajun spices. Whether you’re preparing this dish for a family gathering or a cozy night in, the warmth and richness of this macaroni and cheese will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. So, gather your loved ones, don your apron, and indulge in the culinary delights that only a Cajun-inspired mac and cheese can deliver. Here’s to creating memorable moments and savoring the joy that comes with good food and good company. Happy cooking!
 
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Crawfish & Shrimp Macaroni & Cheese Cajun Recipe

Cajun recipe mac and cheese with shrimp and crawfish

Cajun macaroni and cheese with crawfish and shrimp.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 4 slices thick bacon
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter, room temp
  • 2 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
  • Water
  • 2 cup cooked crawfish tails
  • 2 cups medium-sized peeled and tail off shrimp
  • 1½ c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 c shredded Colby / jack cheese mix
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs

Instructions

Add a dash of salt to 1 quart water in a large pasta pot.
Bring water to a boil, add pasta, and cook according to the package directions.
Drain and set the pasta to the side.
Slice your green onions and set to the side.
While you are cooking your pasta, cook your bacon to a crisp, so you can crumble.
Use the same skillet that you cooked your bacon in add your butter.
Melt butter on medium heat and then add green onions and cook 2 minutes.
Add 2 Tbsp flour and cook 1 minute.
Add your half and half and whisk to prevent clumps.
Add Cajun seasoning and mix to combine.
Add your crawfish tails, and shrimp and stir often for 5 minutes.
Add cheeses and stir until melted.
Fold pasta and half of the bacon into cheese sauce.
Top the pasta mix with the remaining bacon and bread crumbs.
Turn your oven to broil.
Place your pasta mix in the oven and toast for 5 minutes.

Remove garnish with green onion slices.
Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1055Total Fat: 63gSaturated Fat: 36gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 459mgSodium: 2813mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 80g

Nutritional info is an estimate.