Skip to Content

Shrimp & Crab Mac and Cheese Recipe

Shrimp and Crab Mac and Cheese
  • Prep
    25 mins
  • Total
    40 mins
  • Serving
Shrimp & Crab Mac and Cheese
Servings: 4

Calories: 1702  
Total Fat: 100g 128%
Saturated Fat: 58.2g 291%
Cholesterol: 611mg 204%
Sodium: 2679mg 116%
Total Carbohydrate: 87.3g 32%
Dietary Fiber: 0.4g 1%
Total Sugars: 13.2g  
Protein: 112.5g  


  • 2 cups 4% Friendship Dairies® cottage cheese
  • 1 stick butter, diced
  • ½ tbsp. garlic, minced or grated
  • 6 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded + 4 oz. shredded cheddar reserved for topping
  • 8 oz. gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz. white American cheese, shredded or diced
  • ¾ tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • ¾ lb. medium shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined and chopped in ½-inch pieces
  • ½ lb. lump crabmeat
  • 1 lb. cooked pasta of your choice, spirals or shells recommended
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and add the garlic.
  3. Add flour and whisk to form a roux. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. While whisking, pour in milk and cream, making sure no lumps remain. Stir occasionally.
  5. When sauce starts to simmer, reduce heat to low and whisk in shredded cheeses combined, adding 1 handful at a time and whisking well to incorporate.
  6. Add Old Bay seasoning and mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  7. Let rest while you cook the pasta.
  8. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add it to the sauce along with the lemon zest, cottage cheese, shrimp, and crabmeat. Taste again and season with salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  10. Pour macaroni and cheese into baking dish. Top with reserved shredded cheddar cheese.
  11. Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly, about 15 minutes.

Stretch before diving in.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Plain Mac and Cheese
  • Prep
    25 min
  • Total
    40 min

Plain Mac and Cheese