Alaska Crab Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

1 lb. Italian fusilli or trottole pasta, cooked al dente, drained and kept warm
1 lb. Alaska crabmeat (2 lbs. Alaska King, Snow or Dungeness crab legs)
2 cups bite-sized pieces of fresh asparagus (about 9 oz.),
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt or garlic salt or onion salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 quart non-fat or 1% milk, warmed
1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon each smoked paprika and dried thyme
Recipe from Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Instructions

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2.In a large pot over medium-low heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
3.Stir in the salt, pepper and warm milk. Cook and whisk until sauce has thickened and is smooth.
4.Turn heat to lowest setting; stir in cheeses. Turn off heat; continue stirring until sauce is smooth.
5.Gently blend in the pasta, crabmeat and asparagus. Turn mixture into a spray coated 9x13-inch pan or 8 (1-1/2 cup) baking dishes.
6.Blend together breadcrumbs, smoked paprika and thyme; sprinkle evenly over pasta.
7.Bake 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and topping is browned.

Alaska Crab Mac & Cheese from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is a very tasty way to get your #Seafood2xWk. Plus, even the little seafoodies in your life will be smiling for more.

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