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Baked Shrimp Mac and Cheese

Baked Shrimp Mac and Cheese is gooey, rich, creamy comfort food kicked up a notch with Old Bay seasoned shrimp. This is a creamy, rich, and decadent seafood macaroni and cheese recipe for an ‘over the top’ experience.

This is a small batch recipe for two and makes 2 generous servings, great for lunch, dinner or an impressive date night!

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Baked Shrimp Mac and Cheese for Two

If you love basic mac and cheese, this version with shrimp is an indulgence worth making for someone special to you.

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How to make Shrimp Mac and Cheese:

Cut the processed cheese food into small cubes and set aside.

Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt.

Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.

At the same time, cut each shrimp into 2 or 3 bite sized pieces and sprinkle with the Old Bay seasoning. Click for Old Bay Seasoning.

raw shrimp seasoned with Old Bay Seasoning

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter.

Cook the shrimp for about 2 minutes, stirring often until pink and opaque. Remove from the heat and set aside. Do not overcook as they will cook a bit more during baking.

seasoned shrimp cooking in a pan

Drain the water off the pasta and return it to the cooking pot over low heat.

Stir 1 tablespoon butter into the pasta until melted and turn off the heat.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Whisk together the egg and heavy cream.

egg and heavy cream whisked together

To the pasta, add the heavy cream mixture, 1 cup of shredded cheese, and the processed cheese food cubes (Velveeta cheese).

mac and cheese mixed in a pan

Pour in the shrimp and butter from the skillet, scraping the pan to get all the butter.

mac and cheese with shrimp mixed in a pan
Shrimp Mac and Cheese

Mix it all together and season with the salt and pepper.

Pour the pasta mixture, divided evenly, into two 20 oz oven safe baking dishes. Click for 20 oz oven safe baking dishes.

shrimp mac and cheese in two casserole baking dishes

Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.

cheese added to shrimp mac n cheese
Shrimp Mac N Cheese ready to bake

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until heated through and bubbling around the edges.

Allow to cool for about 5 minutes and serve on cork trivets to protect surfaces from heat. Click for cork trivets.

Baked Shrimp Mac and Cheese in a bowl
Shrimp Mac and Cheese

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Baked Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese
Yield: Serves 2

Baked Shrimp Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Cool Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Baked Shrimp Mac and Cheese is gooey, rich, creamy comfort food kicked up a notch with Old Bay seasoned shrimp. This is a creamy, rich, and decadent seafood macaroni and cheese recipe for an 'over the top' experience.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked pasta (elbows, medium shells, Cavatappi)
  • 1/2 lb shrimp (peeled, deveined, and tails removed)
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar Jack cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 ounces processed cheese food (Velveeta cheese)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the processed cheese food into small cubes and set aside.
  2. Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt.
  3. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.
  4. At the same time, cut each shrimp into 2 or 3 bite sized pieces and sprinkle with the Old Bay seasoning. Click for Old Bay Seasoning.
  5. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter.
  6. Cook the shrimp for about 2 minutes, stirring often until pink and opaque. Remove from the heat and set aside. Do not overcook as they will cook a bit more during baking.
  7. Drain the water off the pasta and return it to the cooking pot over low heat.
  8. Stir 1 tablespoon butter into the pasta until melted and turn off the heat.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  10. Whisk together the egg and heavy cream.
  11. To the pasta, add the heavy cream mixture, 1 cup of shredded cheese, and the processed cheese food cubes (Velveeta cheese).
  12. Pour in the shrimp and butter from the skillet, scraping the pan to get all the butter.
  13. Mix it all together and season with the salt and pepper.
  14. Pour the pasta mixture, divided evenly, into two 20 oz oven safe baking dishes. Click for 20 oz oven safe baking dishes.
  15. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
  16. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until heated through and bubbling around the edges.
  17. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes and serve on cork trivets to protect surfaces from heat. Click for cork trivets.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1550Total Fat: 106gSaturated Fat: 63gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 639mgSodium: 3195mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 75g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Sue

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

I made this for lunch for my sister and a trend she works with. Jennie said, OMG, I'm in Love! I Put toasted bread pieces on top and it was great. Will definitely be added to my keep recipes.

Zona

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Hi Sue, great addition of the toasted bread pieces! I'm happy they enjoyed this recipe, thank you :)

Melanie Willard

Friday 16th of August 2019

Could I leave out the Velveeta? Like Mac & cheese but not big on Velveeta.

Zona

Friday 16th of August 2019

Hi Melanie. The velveeta cheese gives this recipe a touch of creamy texture. If your want to leave it out you could use something soft like Monterey Jack cheese or even a bit of cream cheese instead. I also recommend, for all the cheese, use block cheese and shred it fresh yourself. It will be way more melty and creamy than using bag cheeses. Good luck and thanks for the question :)