Crab Mac & Cheese

This easy, fast and decadent crab mac and cheese can be thrown together for company or a busy weeknight without any hassle. Cooking the pasta in the base sauce keeps it quick, while the trio of cheeses complements the sweet crabmeat. Add some chives for garnish, and you'll have a beautiful meal in minutes.

Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 cups dry white wine, such as sauvignon blanc or chardonnay

  • 4 cups whole milk

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 teaspoons 30%-reduced-sodium Old Bay seasoning

  • 1 pound whole-wheat rotini

  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, such as Tabasco

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Gouda cheese

  • ½ cup shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, drained and picked over

  • Sliced fresh chives for garnish


  1. Bring wine to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, without stirring, until reduced to 1/2 cup, 10 to 12 minutes.

  2. Add milk, water, mustard and Old Bay; stir until fully combined. Add rotini and cook, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle simmer, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until the pasta is al dente and the liquid is mostly absorbed, about 7 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in hot sauce. Gradually fold in Gouda, Cheddar and Parmesan, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until completely melted after each addition. Fold in crab and return to medium heat; cook, stirring often, until the crab is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Garnish with chives, if desired.

    crab mac and cheese
    Jen Causey

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

511 Calories
16g Fat
50g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 511
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 33g 66%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Vitamin A 430IU 9%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Vitamin D 67IU 17%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 50mcg 13%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 721mg 31%
Calcium 437mg 34%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 92mg 22%
Potassium 441mg 9%
Zinc 3mg 27%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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