This one took inspiration from one of my voyages of inspiration to the Tesco reduced section. On one cold night, whole dressed crabs were reduced to just £2.
I wasn’t sure what do to with this new found crab so I resorted to the age old answer to any problem ‘when in doubt add cheese and carbs’. And thus grew the new family favourite, Crabbie Mac & Cheese.
- Half a bag of pasta, the curlier the better.
- A fist full of butter
- 1 table spoon of plain white flour
- 1 pint of milk
- 1 teaspoon of proper English mustard
- 1 dollop of hot sauce
- An inhumane amount of cheese, grated. Extra strong cheddar, any hard cheese with a kick will do the job (red Leicester or double Gloucester would also smash it).
- Half the meat from 1 dressed crab (save the rest to have on toast in the morning).
- ½ a bag of spinach.
- Even more cheese to grate on top.
- 1 healthy sprinkling of breadcrumbs
- First things first, I cooked the pasta until soft and preheated the oven on to 160”.
- I then knocked up a simple white sauce. Melted the butter in a pan and whisked in the flour to form a paste. I then gradually added the milk while constantly whisking until I got a nice smooth sauce.
- Then came the cheese. I added far too much cheese to the sauce and continued to stir. Once it had all melted in I added mustard, hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
- After I was happy with the sauce I added in the crab and spinach and stirred until wilted.
- Once all the ingredients were in the sauce I added the pasta back into the pan and gave it a real good stir, toss and shake to get all the pasta coated in the sauce.
- Transferred to an oven proof dish (or two in my case) and sprinkled over the rest of the cheese and breadcrumbs. To finish her off I popped her into the pre-heated oven until golden brown and crispy on top.