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    Crab mac 'n' cheese

    We’ve elevated a comforting classic to new heights with the addition of flavour-packed crab, spinach and a crunchy breadcrumb topping – and it’s ready to dive into in under 30 minutes

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 25 minutes

    Serves: 2

    Ingredients

    100g essential Waitrose Macaroni
    20g unsalted butter
    20g plain flour
    250ml semi-skimmed milk
    ½ tsp English mustard
    75g Waitrose & Partners Somerset Cheddar Vintage Strength 7, finely grated
    235g pack washed and ready to cook spinach
    100g pack Seafood & Eat It Fifty Fifty Crab
    20g panko breadcrumbs
    Good pinch ground cayenne pepper

    Method

    1. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Boil the pasta for 6 minutes, until just tender. Meanwhile, put the butter, flour and milk in a pan and bring to the boil, whisking all the time. Once thick and smooth, remove from the heat and stir in the mustard and 60g of the cheese; season.

    2. Reserve 2 tbsp of the pasta water. Put the spinach in a colander and pour over the remaining contents of the pasta pan, then let it sit for a few minutes to drain. Tip the macaroni and the now-wilted spinach into a medium baking dish, then pour in the cheese sauce and stir.

    3. Mix ½ the crab (a mixture of brown and white) into the pasta, then scatter over the remaining crab. In a bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, cayenne pepper and remaining 15g cheese; sprinkle on top of the pasta, then grill for 5 minutes, until the topping is golden and the sauce is bubbling at the edges.


    Cook’s tip
    To make ahead, mix the sauce, pasta and spinach in the baking dish; cool, then chill. Make the cheese crumbs; chill. When ready to bake, fold ½ the crab into the pasta, top with the remaining crab and the crumbs. Bake at 180˚C, gas mark 4 for 30 minutes. 

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