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Baked seafood macaroni cheese

Baked seafood macaroni cheese

  • Meal Type

    Seafood
  • Total time

    45 minutes
  • Servings

    6
  • Courses

    Dinner

Ready in 45 minutes, serves 6.

For this dish, we bought a 500g bag of frozen seafood marinara from the supermarket for $8.95.

  • 5 cups dried macaroni or penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Cajun spice
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Generous pinch ground nutmeg
  • 500g seafood marinara mix, defrosted
  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley, optional
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 190C.

2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni for 2 minutes less than packet instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

3. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a saucepan. Add onion, garlic and Cajun spice. Cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the  our and cook 1 minute. Add milk, whisk until smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook until sauce has thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

4. Remove pan from heat. Stir in the marinara seafood, macaroni, 1 cup cheese and parsley. Transfer to a 2-litre baking dish. Mix breadcrumbs with the olive oil and scatter over macaroni.

5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until topping is golden and sauce is bubbling. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook’s tip: You don’t have to make this with frozen seafood. If you can, buy fresh seafood and cut it into similar-sized pieces for even cooking.

About Annabelle White

Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand and while she does not have formal chef’s training her love of “great honest cooking” came from watching her mother cook every day after school.

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