Crab & Asiago Macaroni and Cheese
|1 poundpasta; small or medium such as cavatappi|
|1 teaspoonsmoked paprika|
|salt; to taste|
|black pepper; freshly ground; to taste|
|2 tablespoonsDijon mustard|
|1 1/2 cupsevaporated milk; (12 ounces)|
|2 cupsAsiago cheese|
|16 ounceslump crab meat|
|Panko bread crumbs; for garnish|
|parsley; fresh Italian; minced, for garnish|
Crab & Asiago Macaroni and Cheese Preparation
Preheat oven to 350F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
In a medium pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour, smoked paprika, salt and pepper; stir until smooth. Add the milk, mustard and evaporated milk; whisk together until slightly thickened.
Whisk in the Asiago cheese, stirring until smooth. Stir in crab meat. Pour the cheese and crab sauce over the drained pasta, stir gently to combine. Pour into a lightly oiled or buttered baking dish with a lid. Top with a sprinkle of panko bread crumbs and parsley.
Cover and bake about 15 minutes, then uncover and cook until hot and bubbly, about 10 to 15 additional minutes.
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