Think outside the blue box and make a grown-up version of mac and cheese instead. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

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  • While macaroni is cooking, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp; sprinkle with Creole seasoning. Cook, stirring continually, for 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until shrimp is pink, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat.

  • Drain macaroni and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking; set aside. Return the pasta pot to the stove and melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add half-and-half; heat for 3 minutes.

  • Whisk in cheeses until melted, about 5 minutes. Add mustard; cook for 2 minutes. Turn off heat.

  • Add reserved macaroni and shrimp. Stir until heated through. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

Substitute pepper Jack cheese for the Monterey for extra kick.

Nutrition Facts

803.7 calories; 41 g protein; 52.7 g carbohydrates; 264.5 mg cholesterol; 853.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2020
The best mac and cheese I’ve had in a long, long time! If you’re looking for something different than plain old mac and cheese, look no further. This tastes like something you’d get in a fancy restaurant. The flavors are perfectly balanced – super creamy, with slight heat from the Creole seasoning and tang from the mustard. No changes needed! This is something that is gourmet enough to serve company, but quick enough for a busy weeknight meal on a chilly day. My local stores keep Creole mustard in the Cajun/Creole section within the international aisle (Zatarain's brand)– not with the other mustards and condiments. If you can't find any, substitute whole- or coarse-grain mustard. A definite keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2020
The best mac and cheese I’ve had in a long, long time! If you’re looking for something different than plain old mac and cheese, look no further. This tastes like something you’d get in a fancy restaurant. The flavors are perfectly balanced – super creamy, with slight heat from the Creole seasoning and tang from the mustard. No changes needed! This is something that is gourmet enough to serve company, but quick enough for a busy weeknight meal on a chilly day. My local stores keep Creole mustard in the Cajun/Creole section within the international aisle (Zatarain's brand)– not with the other mustards and condiments. If you can't find any, substitute whole- or coarse-grain mustard. A definite keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2020
The best mac and cheese I’ve had in a long, long time! If you’re looking for something different than plain old mac and cheese, look no further. This tastes like something you’d get in a fancy restaurant. The flavors are perfectly balanced – super creamy, with slight heat from the Creole seasoning and tang from the mustard. No changes needed! This is something that is gourmet enough to serve company, but quick enough for a busy weeknight meal on a chilly day. My local stores keep Creole mustard in the Cajun/Creole section within the international aisle (Zatarain's brand)– not with the other mustards and condiments. If you can't find any, substitute whole- or coarse-grain mustard. A definite keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2020
This recipe was so delicious and even reheated amazingly! Easy to make and my kids loved it. An excellent switch from box Mac N Cheese. I will for sure make this again and maybe make a larger batch since it went so fast. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2019
I just doubled the recipe. I didn t add creole mustard because I couldn t find it at the store. It is very very cheesy. So if you love lots of creamy cheese you will love this recipe! Read More