Cheesy Shrimp Mac and Cheese


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Cheesy Shrimp Mac and Cheese

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    Did mac and cheese just get better? We made this stove-top version with bacon, shrimp, and 3 types of shredded cheese. But, we'll let you decide. 

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 6
    ½ (16-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee elbow macaroni
    1 tbsp. plus 1/4 c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter
    6 slice(s) Hy-Vee center-cut bacon, chopped
    2 (1-lb.) pkgs. Hy-Vee EZ Peel raw shrimp (16 to 20 ct.), peeled and tails removed
    3 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped, and divided
    ⅓ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    3 c. Hy-Vee 2% reduced-fat milk
    2 c. Hy-Vee shredded Cheddar cheese
    1 c. Hy-Vee shredded mozzarella cheese
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee chili powder
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee lemon-pepper seasoning
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee garlic salt
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee ground mustard
    ⅛ tsp. Hy-Vee cayenne pepper
    ½ c. Hy-Vee Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee grated Parmesan cheese

    Things To Grab

    • Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray
    • 6 (12-oz. each) ramekins or 1 (3-quart) baking dish
    • 2 large stockpots
    • Colander
    • Whisk


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 6 (12-oz. each) ramekins or 1 (3-quart) baking dish; set aside. Cook pasta in lightly salted boiling water for 7 minutes. Drain pasta. Toss with 1 tablespoon butter. Set aside to cool. 

    2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in large pot over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and 2 jalapeno peppers. Cook 1 minute or until shrimp are opaque. Remove shrimp and bacon with a slotted spoon. Reserve drippings and peppers in pot.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      Chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes. When working with hot peppers, wear protective gloves.
      Hy-Vee Test Kitchen
    3. Add remaining 1/4 cup butter to pot. Melt butter over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour to form a thick paste. Continue whisking over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly whisk milk into flour mixture. Cook for 5 minutes or until thickened, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in cheeses, chili powder, lemon-pepper seasoning, garlic salt, ground mustard, cayenne pepper, cooked pasta and shrimp, and bacon. Heat through. 

    4. Divide pasta mixture among ramekins or transfer to 3-quart dish. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and remaining jalapeno pepper; sprinkle mixture on top. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.

    Nutrition facts


    680 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 33g
    • Cholesterol: 255mg
    • Sodium: 1560mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 49g
    • Protein: 47g

    Daily Values

    Iron 15%
    Calcium 60%
    Vitamin D 10%
    Potassium 10%

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    Seasons December 2019