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Cajun Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp

Best Mac 'n' Cheese Ever Challenge Finalists

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Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

This morning on "Good Morning America," Emeril Lagasse announced the winner of his Best Mac 'n' Cheese Ever Challenge: Laura Macek!

Some say it has been the most heated contest in America, presidential politics included.

Even Gov. Mike Huckabee weighed in with his endorsement when Robin Roberts won the anchors' round.

Thousands of "Good Morning America" viewers submitted their recipes, and we narrowed it down to five worthy challengers. You voted and helped to pick the winner.

Check out Cajun Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp by Lisa Mazzaferro, one of the five challenge finalists.


  • 1 lb. Cavatappi pasta cooked
  • 8 T. butter, divided
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp cut in thirds
  • 1 tsp. cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1 T. onion, grated
  • 3 T. flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 lb. Swiss cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 lb. cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1 lb. pepper Jack cheese (grated and divided)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • Cooking Directions

    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.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: cavatappi pasta, shrimp, swiss cheese, cheddar cheese

    Course: Casserole, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish

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