What’s For Dinner? Try Chef Huda’s Creamy Crab Mac & Cheese

Recipe and Photo By: Chef Huda

What You Need

2 cups dried multigrain or whole wheat or Gem pasta

1 cup lump crabmeat

1/2 cup sweet white or yellow corn – defrosted

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes – halved or diced

2 cups low-fat milk

2 ounces reduced fat cream cheese

1 cup light Sharp Cheddar-grated

1 cup Medium low fat Cheddar cheese-grated

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour-unbleached

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

Pinch of Nutmeg

Fresh cracked black pepper – to taste

Now, let’s make something Pretty and Delicious

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook pasta according to directions on box. This pasta should be cooked al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate large saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil and flour and whisk together.  Cook until the flour smell is gone (about 1 minute). Gradually whisk in the milk.

Chef Huda Tip: Heat the milk in a separate saucepan prior to adding it into the flour mixture to save cooking time. Cold milk will lower the cooking temperature and cause the sauce to require longer to cook.

Once, the milk has come to temp slowly start adding in your cheeses and continue to cook until sauce starts to thicken.

Chef Huda Tip: It is important to stir constantly, to avoid burning your cheese sauce.

Add in garlic powder, salt, black pepper, nutmeg and stir until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is smooth. Add in corn and tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes reduce heat to low.

When the pasta is done, drain, then fold into cheese sauce. Add in lump crabmeat and taste. Add additional salt or pepper, if desired. After tasting please no double dipping. I know it’s good, but please leave some for dinner. Serve this dish family style or in ramekins. Enjoy! 

     For more Pretty & Delicious Recipes visit www.ChefHuda.com 

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Chef Huda is a multi-talented personality in the worlds of Food, Fashion & Entertainment and has gained international notoriety for her pretty and delicious dishes and expertise in Healthy Comfort Food. She has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, Howard Stern’s Show, Donald Trump’s Show, The Ultimate Merger, Vogue (Italia) to name a few and is a food and entertainment contributing writer for an array of media outlets including; The CW Network, The ROOT and a lifestyle expert for Monarch Magazine. The multi-talented Chef Huda was recently a featured favorite on ABC’s hit show, “The Taste” that debuted at #1, with celebrity chef judges Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson and also serves as an Ambassador for The American Heart Association.
                           

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