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White Cheese Macaroni with Shrimp and Corn

Updated on April 23, 2014
5 stars from 2 ratings of White Cheese Macaroni with Shrimp and Corn

Something a Bit Different

I came up with this recipe when I got a hankering for some Mac and Cheese but realized that I did not have any ham or chicken in the house. I didn't want to go out and spend money to buy ingredients so I looked in the freezer and saw that I had shrimp... Then I got a bit creative, haha. Enjoy this seafood twist on a classic comfort food. Let me know what you think!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 8

I Thought I Was a Mad Genius

...when I presented my science food experiment  to the husband for sampling. He took one bite and said "You know they make a grits version?" Huh, I guess I can't reinvent the wheel but you know it's good when he stops talking and starts inhaling it!
...when I presented my science food experiment to the husband for sampling. He took one bite and said "You know they make a grits version?" Huh, I guess I can't reinvent the wheel but you know it's good when he stops talking and starts inhaling it!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound macaroni pasta, elbow or shell shaped
  • 4 tablespoons butter, salted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk, whole
  • 2 cups white cheddar cheese, extra sharp
  • 1 cup any type of cheese, adds variety
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 pound extra small shrimp, simmer with lemon or lime juice and a dash of salt
  • 1 cup flavored croutons, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped and sauteed
  • 16 ounce can yellow and white corn, drained
  • white pepper, to taste
  • chili powder, to taste
  • dash of paprika, for color
  • salt, for boiling

Instructions

  1. Simmer or steam the shrimp until lightly cooked. Add lemon or lime juice and a dash of salt. Set aside and devein when cool.
  2. Saute chopped garlic in a pan with a bit of butter or olive oil. Toss into the shrimp.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a bowl, then stir in pasta and cook according to the directions, until al dente.
  4. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Add milk, then whisk gently until smooth. Bring mixture to a boil, add cheese, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Place strained and cooled macaroni in a 9"x13" baking dish. Pour the sauce over the macaroni, season with garlic, onion powder, chili powder, white pepper, cooked shrimp, corn, and mix well.
  6. Cook in oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and a dash of paprika on top. Bake for 10 more minutes.
  7. Serves 8 with plenty more for easily heated leftovers. Delicious!

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