Crab Cake Mac N Cheese (Rachael Ray) Recipe

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat, then salt the water. Add the pasta and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, (it will be undercooked). Cool, drain well and add it to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, and 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium to medium-high heat. Add the celery, onion, red pepper, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper, to taste. Cook to tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the crabmeat to the vegetables and season liberally with seafood seasoning. Stir to combine, then remove from heat.
  3. In a medium sauce pot, over low heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter and whisk in the flour. Cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk and bring to a bubble. Season the sauce with salt, pepper and nutmeg, to taste, and cook for a few minutes, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Add the mustard and the cheese and stir in a figure 8 motion. Add the vegetables and crab, sauce to the bowl with the pasta and transfer the mixture to individual baking crocks or a large casserole dish. This can be made ahead to this point and refrigerated.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. To complete the dish, melt a couple of tablespoons butter in a small skillet, over low heat and add 3 tablespoons hot sauce. Warm through, then add the panko crumbs and toss to evenly coat the crumbs in sauce mixture. Cool the crumbs, then toss in the parsley and 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano -Reggiano cheese. Top the mac n cheese with the spicy crumb mixture. Arrange individual crocks on a baking sheet or put the casserole on baking sheet to catch any drips. Bake until brown and heated through, about 10 minutes. If cooking from cold, the mac n cheese will take 40 to 45 minutes, but add the crumbs the last 10 minutes of baking.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 880.09 Kcal (3685 kJ)
Calories from fat 478.86 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 53.21g 82%
Cholesterol 134.26mg 45%
Sodium 1017.67mg 42%
Potassium 386.42mg 8%
Total Carbs 49.56g 17%
Sugars 11.12g 44%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
Protein 47.65g 95%
Vitamin C 28.2mg 47%
Vitamin A 0.6mg 19%
Iron 7.9mg 44%
Calcium 795.3mg 80%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 151.93 Kcal (636 kJ)
Calories from fat 82.66 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.18g 82%
Cholesterol 23.18mg 45%
Sodium 175.67mg 42%
Potassium 66.71mg 8%
Total Carbs 8.56g 17%
Sugars 1.92g 44%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 12%
Protein 8.22g 95%
Vitamin C 4.9mg 47%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 19%
Iron 1.4mg 44%
Calcium 137.3mg 80%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 21.5
  • 23

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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