Shrimp Mac and Cheese


This macaroni and cheese takes on a subtle coastal flair with the addition of shrimp. I used cooked salad shrimp as I found the size comparable to the elbow macaroni.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup elbow macaroni

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup 1% milk

  • ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 ½ tablespoons sour cream

  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning

  • 1 cup frozen salad shrimp

  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Pour 5 cups water into a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Add macaroni and boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour until a smooth paste is formed. Slowly pour in milk, stirring to incorporate. Add 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, sour cream, and Cajun seasoning. Drain macaroni and stir into the sauce. Add frozen shrimp and stir to combine.

  4. Pour macaroni mixture into an oval au gratin dish. Top with panko bread crumbs and 2 tablespoons Cheddar cheese.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly and golden, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

232 Calories
12g Fat
17g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 232
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 288mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 229mg 18%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 178mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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