Crawfish Mac & Cheese

Still have leftover crawfish tails from your last crawfish boil? Here is another idea on how to make fine use of them! In this video Nonna makes a delicious mac and cheese with her leftover tails, zucchini, and mini elbow pasta. The cheeses she used gave the meal a delicious flavor. Watch the video to see how she cooks it and read below for the recipe.

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Crawfish Mac & Cheese


    • 1 box mini elbow pasta
    • leftover (pre-cooked) crawfish tails
    • 4 ounces butter
    • 3/4 cup flour (estimate)
    • 2 pints heavy whipping cream
    • jacobsen chili salt
    • jacobsen garlic salt
    • jacobsen rosemary salt
    • Dan Pastorini Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • garlic powder
    • onion powder
    • pepper
    • Louisiana Hot Sauce
    • 3 chopped zucchini
    • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese (shredded)
    • 8 ounces smoked Gouda cheese (shredded)


    1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
    2. Cook elbow macaroni to al dente and drain (read directions on the box for time). You will bake it for 30 mins so don’t make the noddles mushy.
    3. Melt butter
    4. Mix flour (a little at a time) in the melted butter. You want to make a paste that is neither too thin nor to thick.
    5. Add 1 pint heavy whipping cream and heat in microwave for 2 minutes.
    6. Stir thoroughly. You are making a white sauce so thickness matters. You want a creamy sauce.
    7. Add more heavy whipping cream (not the entire pint), mix, and heat in microwave for 2 minutes.
    8. Stir. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have the thickness you desire for the sauce.
    9. Add spices to the sauce. There are no measurements. Taste test here and there to get the spices the way you like.
    10. Add shredded cheese (all of it) and stir. Add more heavy cream if needed to keep the thickness you desire.
    11. Microwave the sauce for 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese.
    12. Taste test sauce and add spices if you desire.
    13. Mix sauce and elbow pasta.
    14. Add zucchini and mix. (See Note 1)
    15. Bake at 375° F degrees for 30 mins. Check at 20 mins to make sure zucchini is cooked through. There should be a nice brownish tint to the top of the mac & cheese.

Note 1: There is a lot you can add to this recipe such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, bell peppers, or mushrooms, to name a few.

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