|Those who love macaroni and cheese also love to play with the flavors and ingredients and create their special dish. It is super-fast and full of chili gouda cheese that can be ready in a blink of an eye!|
The Best Chili Gouda Shrimp Mac and Cheese
There are many options for a rich, creamy, and slightly spicy mac and cheese, but this one is the best so far. The mixture of flavored shrimps, chili gouda cheese, with fresh green onion is incredible.
This recipe for a dreamy shrimp mac and chili gouda cheese is easy, convenient, and nourishing. It is a very desirable and fancy meal for a romantic dinner.
Preheat the oven to 400 ºF (200ºC) and heat a large pot of water over high heat for the pasta.
With a sharp knife, dice the white onion, green bell pepper, and garlic into tiny pieces. Put a pan on the stove. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil and add all the minced vegetables, plus corn in it. Let them sauté for 5 minutes till they get soft and caramelized.
It is time to add the shrimps. First, you should peel and wash them. Add the shrimps into the pan on medium heat, season with ground nutmeg smoked paprika, and ground mustard, stir, let the dish cook for another 6-7 minutes. Remember to divide the time between each side of the shrimps. You don’t want your shrimps to be overcooked. When they get all pink and golden, remove from the heat and set it aside.
Add a teaspoon of salt and olive oil to the boiling water, and cook the cavatappi pasta based on the package directions but about 2 minutes shorter. When the pasta is al dente, drain it in a colander.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, whisk the flour for 2 minutes till you have a light golden texture without clumps. Whisk till it smells nutty. Now pour the milk gently into the pan and whisk nicely. Allow the sauce to come to a simmer.
When the sauce bubbles and looks thick and smooth, decrease the heat, add the shredded chili gouda cheese, and stir till they melt. Season with salt, pepper, and turn off the heat.
Now add the cooked, drained pasta, and shrimp mixture into the cheesy sauce. Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is thoroughly combined and distributed.
Butter the bottom and sides of a casserole dish, then pour the pasta into it. Top the pasta with some more shredded chili gouda cheese, some parsley, green onion. Or you can prepare a great mixture of Panko bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle over this delicious meal.
Put it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until it gets golden and bubbly. Serve on your dinner plate with some cherry tomatoes on top.
If you want your mac and cheese to be creamier with a richer flavor, you can add 35% heavy cream before adding the cheeses in step 6.
You can change or add to the type of cheese in this dish, but chili gouda gives the shrimps a savory and mouth-watering taste, matched with the smoked paprika smell.