PENNY-WISE and CREAMY CRAB MAC n' CHEESE

When life presents us with challenges that start to feel too complicated to over-come or if you ever start to feel like its time to just throw in the towel and settle…stop. Take a breath and realize that you do, in fact, have the power to make your life look and feel the way you want it to. Without spending your life-savings trying to win the lottery or waiting for “grand opportunity” to come randomly knocking on your door. 

I don’t have a magic wand to offer you either. But, what I do have is something that will allow you to experience that little bit of luxury and reward that you so rightly deserve. This creamy crab mac n’ cheese dish combines decadent yet comforting flavours for your enjoyment. In a way that is neither costly nor time-consuming. Enjoy… and let me know what you think.

Total Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Servings in Recipe: 4

Serving Size:  6 oz Bowl

PENNY-WISE and CREAMY CRAB MAC n' CHEESE

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 tbsp of grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp of grated cheddar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups small shell pasta
  • 1 package (100g) of artificial crab (pollock)

DIRECTIONS

  • Grate the parmesan and cheddar into a bowl
  • In a smaller bowl, mix the flour, nutmeg and paprika
  • In a measuring cup, combine the milk and tomato paste
  • Put a pot of water on, to boil for the pasta and salt the water
  • In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter or margarine over low heat
  • Once melted, mince the garlic right into the pot and stir. Allowing the garlic flavour to infuse the butter (2 minutes)
  • Turn up the heat to medium and add the flour-spice mixture
  • Stir constantly to create a butter-flour paste (1 minute)
  • Remove the sauce pan from the heat and ever-so-slowly whisk in the milk-tomato paste mixture until completely combined and velvety
  • Return the sauce pan to medium-low heat until the mixture has thickened (3-5 minutes)
  • Add Worcestershire sauce to the thickened mixture
  • Again, remove the sauce pan from the heat and add the grated cheese, one handful at a time. Stirring in each handful well, as you go.
  • Once all the cheese is fully combined, return the sauce pan to the stove burner, but turn off the heat and cover it with a lid. 
  • Add the pasta to the now boiling water and cook until al dente (slightly under-cooked)
  • When the pasta is done, add the artificial crab to the cheese sauce and stir through
  • Drain the pasta then add the cheesy crab mixture to the pasta and carefully stir through
  • Serve in 4 oz bowls and top with chopped parsley and a bit of paprika
  • And suddenly, you’re fancy…without breaking the bank or your back. And on a Tuesday night, no less. Well done!

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