Cajun Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp
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Check out Cajun Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp by Lisa Mazzaferro, one of the five challenge finalists.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Melt butter in medium sauce pan. Add shrimp, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning. Cook 3-4 minutes, remove.
In same pan melt 2T butter, add onion and sauté 1 minute. Whisk in flour, cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk and heat approximately 4 minutes. Add Swiss, cheddar and 3/4 lb. pepper Jack cheese. Stir until smooth. Add 1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir in cooked shrimp.
In buttered casserole dish add cooked cavatappi pasta. Pour cheese sauce over mix to cover all pasta.
Top with 1/4 lb. pepper Jack cheese, bread crumbs, 3 T. melted butter and parsley.
Bake 45 minutes.