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!
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
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
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 remaining bacon and bread crumbs.
Turn your oven to broil.
Place your pasta mix in the oven and toast for 5 minutes.
Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for two decades and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.