INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:
1 lb.Of macaroni pasta.
1/2 Cup.Of unsalted butter.
1/2 Cup.Of all-purpose flour.
4 Cups.Of whole milk.
2 Cups.Of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded.
1 Cup.Of Gruyère cheese, shredded.
1 Cup.Of Parmesan cheese, grated.
1 Tsp.Of Dijon mustard.
Salt and black pepper to taste.
1/2 Tsp.Of cayenne pepper (optional, for a subtle kick).
1 lb.Of mixed seafood (shrimp, crab meat, and scallops work wonderfully).
1/2 Cup.Of breadcrumbs.
2 Tbsp.Of fresh parsley, chopped.
Begin by bringing a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente, typically about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
If using shrimp, peel and devein them. Rinse all seafood thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels. Cut large scallops into bite-sized pieces, ensuring uniformity in cooking.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk constantly to create a roux, ensuring no lumps remain. Cook the roux for 2-3 minutes, or until it takes on a light golden hue.
Gradually pour in the milk, whisking continuously to prevent clumps. Allow the mixture to simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until it thickens to a smooth, velvety consistency. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
Reduce the heat to low and add the shredded cheddar, Gruyère, and grated Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheeses are fully melted and the sauce becomes a luscious, homogeneous blend.
Stir in the Dijon mustard, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Adjust the seasonings to suit your palate, achieving a harmonious balance of flavors.
Gently fold in the prepared seafood, ensuring it’s evenly distributed throughout the creamy mixture. Allow it to heat through for 2-3 minutes, but take care not to overcook the delicate seafood.
Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese and seafood mixture, using a spatula to gently fold everything together. Ensure that every morsel of pasta is lovingly coated with the delectable sauce.
Heat your oven’s broiler. Transfer the Seafood Mac and Cheese to a baking dish. Sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly over the top, creating a crispy, golden crust. Place the dish under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs turn a tantalizing shade of brown.
Remove from the oven and garnish with freshly chopped parsley, adding a burst of color and a hint of freshness to this indulgent dish.
Scoop generous portions onto plates and watch as your guests are transported to a world of culinary ecstasy. Pair with a crisp white wine or a light salad to complement the richness of the Seafood Mac and Cheese.