Wednesday 12 May 2021


I love pimping up a classic Mac n cheese and this Tex Mex inspired seafood version works an absolute treat! 

It may sound a little unusual but cajun spiced prawns, white crab and a paprika spiced creamy cheese sauce with condensed milk, as extra indulgent touch, transform this Mac n cheese into somewhat of a showstopper dish.

Even better, you can get the dish pretty much prepped to be oven ready which makes it ideal for a dinner party - more time for drinking and chatting with the humans you haven't seen for the last year and less stressing in the kitchen!

I even go as far as using a disposable bbq metal trays here to minimise the washing up after! We've spent enough time cooking for one, now it's time to eat well and and enjoy hosting ;)

Serves 3-4


  • 400g uncooked prawns
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1-2 Tbsp cajun seasoning (I used this mix)
  • Pinch of Salt 
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

  • 500g macaroni or similar type of pasta
  • 400g uncooked prawns 
  • 2 tins of white crab meat (I got mine at Waitrose)
  • ¼ cup dried basil
  • 1 cup whole milk 
  • 2  cups lighter condensed milk 
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt 
  • 2 large eggs, beaten 
  • 4 cups mature cheddar cheese, grated 
  • 2 cups mild cheddar cheese, grated 
  • 2 cups gouda cheese, grated

  • Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. 
  • In a medium bowl, add prawns, olive oil, cajun seasoning, and a pinch of salt and pepper and toss to combine and coat the prawns.
  • Once frying pan is hot, add prawns and cook, stirring constantly until shrimp is pink, 4-6 minutes. 
  • Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 180C. 
  • Lightly butter a baking tray and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. 
  • Add macaroni and cook until al dente (look at package directions to see how long it takes). 
  • Do not overcook.
  • Drain well and transfer cooked pasta to a large bowl. 
  • Mix in Cajun shrimp, crab chunks and basil. 
  • Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add milk and evaporated milk and whisk to combine. 
  • Add paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper and whisk to combine. 
  • Taste the milk and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
  • Once you're satisfied with the taste, add the eggs and beat until mixture is combined.
  • Set aside 1 cup of the mature cheddar cheese and ½ cup of the gouda. 
  • Add the remaining cheese to the milk mixture and stir to combine.
  • Pour cheese mixture into macaroni and stir to combine. 
  • Pour mixture into prepared baking tray. 
  • Top with reserved cheeses.
  •  Sprinkle more basil, paprika, salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning on top.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until top is golden. 
  • Remove from oven and let it sit for about 25-30 minutes to set before serving.

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