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Crab mac ’n’ cheese

Published: March 23, 2022 at 10:23 am
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

This comforting crab mac 'n' cheese uses crème fraîche in the béchamel to make it lighter while also accentuating the mild, sweet flavour of crab

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal726
fat38.1g
saturates23.2g
carbs62.4g
sugars6g
fibre4.5g
protein31.2g
salt1.4g
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Make this crab mac 'n' cheese, then check out our classic mac 'n' cheese, vegan mac 'n' cheese, cauliflower mac 'n' cheese and bacon mac 'n' cheese.

Ingredients

  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 400ml whole milk
  • 130g mature cheddar, grated
  • 100g crème fraîche
  • nutmeg a generous grating
  • 100g brown crab meat
  • 300g macaroni
  • 100g white crab meat

Method

  • STEP 1

    Melt the butter in a pan over a medium-high heat and, once foaming, tip in the flour and cook for 3-4 minutes or until darkened and smelling toasty. Add the milk, a splash at a time, then bubble for a few minutes over a medium heat until you have a smooth, thick sauce. Season and mix in 100g of the cheddar until melted, then fold in the crème fraîche, nutmeg and the brown crab meat

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cook the macaroni following pack instructions in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water. Drain well, then fold into the sauce until evenly combined.

  • STEP 3

    Tip into a 20cm x 30cm baking dish, dot over the white crab meat and scatter over the remaining cheddar. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbling and golden on top.

Check out more of our easy crab recipes

Quick and Easy Cacio E Pepe Recipe with Crab
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