Crab Mac and Cheese

This Crab Mac and Cheese Recipe comes from beautiful Nick’s Cove in Tomales Bay, California.

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried crab Mac and cheese!

We had the opportunity to sample some of the best during a recent trip to Nick’s Cove — a charming cluster of 1930s cottages on the banks of Tomales Bay. Here, executive chef Austin Perkins works his magic with the most incredible crab macaroni and cheese you’ll ever taste.

Point Reyes National Seashore is a foodie’s paradise — chock full of delicious cheese shops, rustic oyster farms and terrific seafood restaurants.

Fresh Dungeness crab is harvested locally from the sea, and you won’t find a more decadent way to enjoy Mac and Cheese, except perhaps adding lobster!

This recipe calls for Point Reyes Toma and Spring Hill cheddar cheese, but you can use Gruyere in a pinch.

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Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 pound pasta of your choice cooked and drained
  • 8 oz. feta cheese block or crumbled
  • 3-4 tablespoons chive oil or olive oil
  • 3 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 8 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped oregano leaves
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach leaves
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to your taste

Instructions
 

  • Place the cherry tomatoes in a 9×13 casserole dish. Add cherry tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil or chive oil. Place block of feta cheese in the middle, or feel free to use crumbled feta cheese instead. Add garlic slices, oregano, pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
  • Bake at 350 F for 30-45 minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft and wrinkled.
  • Remove from oven. Add drained hot pasta, baby spinach leaves, basil leaves and toss until well combined. Enjoy hot with toasted garlic bread!

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Keyword pasta, tomatoes

Nick’s Cove Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese

You haven't lived until you've tried Crab Mac and cheese!
We had the opportunity to sample some of the best during a recent trip to Nick's Cove — a charming cluster of 1930s cottages on the banks of Tomales Bay. Here, executive chef Austin Perkins works his magic with the most incredible crab macaroni and cheese you'll ever taste.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Dungeness crab meat
  • 2 pounds dried elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 1/2 gallon heavy cream
  • 2 leeks white part only, sliced
  • 1 cup Point Reyes Toma shredded
  • 1 cup Spring Hill Cheddar shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano shredded
  • Salt
  • Tabasco
  • Fresh lemon juice 1/4 lemon
  • Parsley chopped (for garnish)
  • Toasted breadcrumbs for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot bring three gallons of water to a rolling boil. Add pasta and boil, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes. Add to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • In another large pot begin melting butter. Add the leeks and sweat 5-10 minutes, until soft. Add the flour. Stir constantly; cook until the mixtures bubbles for 2-3 minutes and smells like shortbread.
  • Add the milk and bring to a boil; reduce to simmer. Allow the mixture to reduce while simmering, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the cream and again allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Add all the cheese, whisk until incorporated. Add salt to taste; add 3-5 drops of Tabasco sauce and the juice of a quarter lemon.
  • Pour over pasta and add crab meat, stirring to incorporate. Serve with toasted breadcrumbs and parsley.

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Keyword crab, pasta, seafood