Cajun Crawfish Mac and Cheese

Jan 23, 2020
Creamy, cheesy and packed with Creole spice. This Cajun Crawfish Mac and Cheese from @HangryHoustonian is the mac and cheese dinner recipe you've been craving.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. Uncooked Rotini or Cavatappi Pasta
1 Bay Leaf
4 Slices Bacon
2 Green Onions, Sliced
1 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Self-Rising Flour
1 Cup Half-and-Half
1 Lb. Cooked Louisiana Crawfish Tails
1 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
1 1/2 Cup Monterrey Jack Cheese, Shredded
1 Tsp. Tony's Original Creole Seasoning
3 Tbsp. Italian Breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese, Grated
1 Quart Water
2 Tbsp. Garlic, Minced
1 Large Onion, Chopped

DIRECTIONS:

1: Boil a quart of water in a medium pot. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2: In a large saucepan heat the half-and-half, one half of the chopped onion and the bay leaf until tiny bubbles form around the edges; do not boil. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand 15 minutes.
3: Cook bacon in a skillet. Remove when crisp and crumble. Set aside.
4: In the same skillet the bacon was cooked in, add olive oil on medium heat. Add the other half of the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in crawfish tail meat and minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly for 4 minutes.
5: Add the half-and-half mixture, flour and Tony's Original Creole Seasoning. Cook for 4 minutes and whisk constantly to prevent clumps.
6: Add cheeses and stir until melted. Fold pasta and half of the bacon into cheese sauce.
7: Top with crumbled bacon and bread crumbs. Garnish with green onion slices and more Tony's Original Creole Seasoning. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.
 
Note:
You can also place the Cajun Crawfish Mac and Cheese in the oven on broil, until breadcrumbs are golden, giving it a nice crisp texture.

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