Mac and Cheese is for grown-ups too, and here’s proof. We teamed up with Buzzfeed’s Seth Brundle to help us make the dish three ways, using boxed Mac and Cheese as the base. He went above and beyond, giving us Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Mac, Creamy Crab Mac and Roasted Broccoli Mac recipes. So, grab some of those noodles in the back of your pantry and get cooking with us.
Work Time: 35 Minutes
Hang Time: 15 Minutes
For Your Mac and Cheese Base:
- ½ stick of unsalted butter
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ cups of milk (room temperature)
- Kosher salt
- Granulated garlic
- Onion powder
- 2 boxes of Mac and Cheese
For Your Creamy Crab Mac:
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ cup gouda cheese
- 6oz can white crab meat (drained)
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 small shallot (finely chopped)
- 3 garlic cloves (grated)
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 4 scallions (thinly sliced)
- Olive oil
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Cook shallots in your Small Pan over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add grated garlic and cook for an additional minute. Remove from heat and set to the side.
Add noodles to a Big Pot of boiling water and cook according to box instructions. Drain in a colander and set aside.
Melt butter on medium heat in your Small Pot. Add flour and begin stirring constantly until the mixture forms a paste-like consistency and starts to bubble (about 2 minutes).
Add milk and continue stirring, making sure there are no lumps. Increase heat to a boil and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
Add salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and cheese powder. Continue stirring. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Turn heat off, stirring occasionally.
Add gouda, parmesan crab, parsley, shallots, garlic, lemon juice, and cooked noodles to cheese sauce. Fold gentle until everything is evenly mixed.
Pour into four 10oz ramekins. Sprinkle extra cheese on the top.
Bake for 15 minutes or until the top is nice and crispy. Remove from the oven, serve, and enjoy!
To see Chef Seth whip up Mac and Cheese three ways, watch his video here.
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