Old Bay Mac and Cheese With Crab

I am always experimenting with mac and cheese recipes and this is the best one so far. I used corkscrew pasta for this one. Boil the pasta for about 8 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain it and mix it with 2 diced raw poblano peppers.

December 12th.

December 13th.

Melt 8 tablespoons of butter in a heavy pot.

In a bowl, measure out 12 ounces of evaporated milk, 2 large raw egg yolks, 1 teaspoon of salt, lots of cracked black pepper and about 4 tablespoons of Old Bay Seasoning. Whisk this mixture into the melted butter.

Add 5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. I cubed it which was a mistake. It took much longer to melt than if it had been shredded. Once the cheese is melted stir it into the pasta.

This does not need to cook in the oven.

I made this for my daughter's party this past weekend . It was a huge hit.

The final dish was topped with a pound of lump crab which was sauteed in 4 tablespoons of butter and sprinkled with sea salt and Old Bay Seasoning.

*A note on yesterday's ham recipe. Make sure you buy a cheap ham. They are pumped full of water which you need when you are cooking a ham this long. The water will condense and add flavor and moisture to the ham. Also make sure you get a ham with a bone. This also adds flavor and moisture which is essential to this recipe. You can use the bone to make soup afterward!!!

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Mina said…
What a great twist on mac and cheese. You come up with the most wonderful recipes. Thank you.
Pricilla said…
My father loved Old Bay. He would put it in almost anything. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it really didn't....
Chris said…
This is our Dungeness crab season here in the Northwest and we have been pulling a few up every day and I WILL be trying this yummy looking recipe for sure!!
Cheese, pasta and crab...oh yeah!!

xxx ooo to Teddy Jingle Bells!! (couldn't help it Magnolia! :))
Anonymous said…
This I must try! I like mac and cheese but very few swedes do actually, but with crab it must be delicious!

Have a great day now!
The Frog Queen said…
Yummy, sans the crab for me :) Thanks for sharing, nothing says home like good mac and cheese!!

Mac & Cheese with Old Bay and Crabmeat, yep, I'm in heaven. I can certainly see this on a Feast of the Seven Fishes buffet.

What a great recipe!
Love pasta, love mac and cheese, love crab meat!

Quick and easy. Tomorrow I will be out and about and will purchase the delectable ingredients.

Great recipe.


xoxo to "Teddy Santa's Baby".
Ann said…
I love mac and cheese and this version sounds extra good
Mystica said…
I'd like this even without the crab!
Texan said…
ok my brakes went on at Plobano Peppers, I adore peppers just about any kind!! I also like Old Bay Seasoning! Yummy

Made my second loaf of no knead bread! Girly it was even better than the first one! Only problem with it is we eat pretty much the entire loaf in one meal. Did I mention there are only two of us?
Tee Hee
doglady said…
It is best to shred high quality cheddar perhaps Cabot Seriously Sharp rather than buy the already shredded kind. It has fillers which change the texture and it doesn't taste as good.
Wow - this looks delicious! I love macaroni and cheese. Adding seafood to the mix makes it all the more appealing. Thanks! Theresa
Kimberly said…
This sounds wonderful!! It's prime time in Oregon for delicious dungeness crab~~~the next few weeks we will be eating it a lot; I think I'll give this recipe a try!! Thank you for the tips on the ham~~I'm looking forward to cooking my first ham thanks to you and your awesome recipe!! Is there a certain brand of dijon mustard that you recommend?? Have a great night!!
Does this ever look delicious. The ham underneath this post looks amazing also. Thanks for all the great recipes.
dosfishes said…
This sounds just delicious! Especially the crab at the end, yum. I found you through Corrine in Australia, and sent your blog to my son's girl who loves to bake. We shall both enjoy reading you often. xox Corrine in New England
Lois said…
I love looking at all that butter melting in your pot... Yum.
i am late here today...but does this ever look good. i LOVE mac and cheese and crab...what a winner

kary and teddy
Ms Smirk said…
I made this for my boys today & they loved it!!! It was sooo easy & yummy! I love your wonderful blog, you inspire me to cook(which I had really stopped doing or relying on stuff from a box - yuck!)so THANK YOU!!!! :)