Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free pasta in this dish.


"I'm not worried if I'm using four different cheeses and it's high in fat. It's real food. That's what's more important." -Tom Collicchio, Chef

The refrigerator light goes on...

You may have seen lobster mac and cheese on the menu at fancy restaurants. It sounds delicious, but lobster is incredibly expensive, and for a lot of folks it's hard to find.

This budget version with shrimp and smoked paprika is quick and easy even for a weeknight and it keeps well for leftovers.


Smoky Shrimp Mac & Cheese

Servings: 4 | Serving size: about 2 cups

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and makes good leftovers. Reheat gently so you don't overcook the shrimp.

Smoky Shrimp Mac & Cheese


Place the water in a medium stock-pot over high heat and bring to a boil.

Add the pasta and cook until just done - about 15 minutes (or according to package directions). Do not overcook: the pasta should be cooked al dente.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the olive oil, and when it is hot, add the diced onion.

Stir the onions frequently and cook slowly, adjusting the heat to keep the onion from burning.

Cook for about 10 minutes until translucent.

Add the smoked paprika and cayenne pepper and cook for another 1 minute.

Add the shrimp and green onions.

Cook for about 5 minutes until the shrimp is just cooked through. Stir frequently.

Reduce the heat to low.

Combine the eggs and milk in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the cheese and mix well.

Add the cheese mixture to the onions and shrimp and fold together.

Cook the mixture over medium heat. Don't let the mixture boil, and stir continuously.

When the sauce is very thick, remove from the heat.

When the pasta is done, drain well and add to the pan with the shrimp and sauce mixture.

Add fresh ground black pepper to taste, stir, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 2 cups

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 481 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14g 18%
    Saturated Fat 7g 33%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 219mg 73%
Sodium 394mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 19%
    Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
    Sugars 6g
Protein 36g
Vitamin A 14% Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 4% Iron 3%
Vitamin K 34mcg Potassium 265mg
Magnesium 38mg