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Cajun Mac and Cheese with Crawfish and Andouille Sausage

Macaroni and cheese jazzed up with crawfish and Andouille sausage. This baked Cajun Mac and Cheese is sure to please macaroni and cheese lovers who like their food a little on the spicy side.

Cajun Mac and Cheese with Crawfish and Andouille Sausage

 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful first weekend in Spring. I am enjoying my first weekend getaway in months in the beautiful historic town of Beaufort, SC. Pictures to come soon or take a peak at my Instagram for some glimpses at the beautiful lowcountry.

Today I bring you a recipe inspired by one of my other favorite port cities- New Orleans. Being a spice lover, I am a huge fan of Cajun food. Andouille sausage and crawfish are 2 of my favorite ingredients and they work wonderfully as additions to mac and cheese.

Cajun Mac and Cheese with Andouille Sausage and Crawfish

I know most people outside of Louisiana eat little if any crawfish. But the people in Louisiana more than make up for the non-crawfish eaters with their crawfish consumption. Crawfish are in season during the Spring months. Many specialty foods stores sell frozen crawfish tail meat in 1 pound bags. To defrost I put the bag in the refrigerator the night before I want to use them. If you don’t like crawfish or have access to them, shrimp are a good substitution.

The Andouille sausage adds lots of spice to this Cajun Mac and Cheese. I’ve used yellow and white cheddar, Mozzarella, and Parmesan, but you could use pretty much any cheese combination. Fontina, Monterey Jack, Gouda, and even a little Gruyère would work.

And if you are as big a mac and cheese fan as I am, take a look at this Pinterest Board with over 180 Macaroni and Cheese Recipes!

Follow Spicy Southern Kitchen| Christin Mahrlig’s board Mac & Cheese- the ultimate comfort food on Pinterest.


 

Cajun Mac and Cheese with Crawfish and Andouille Sausage

Cajun Mac and Cheese with Crawfish and Andouille Sausage

Cajun Mac and Cheese with Crawfish and Andouille Sausage

This Cajun mac and cheese is spiced up with Andouille sausage and crawfish. Four types of cheese and plenty of cheesy goodness.
PREP: 20 mins
COOK: 20 mins
TOTAL: 40 mins
SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 Andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1/3 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup cooked crawfish tails
  • 8 ounces mini penne or elbow pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Melt butter in a sauté pan. Add Andouille sausage and sauté for 2 minutes. Add onion, red bell pepper, and crawfish. Saute 2 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Place cooked pasta in a large bowl. Whisk together eggs and milk and pour in bowl with pasta.
  • Add spices and salt to pasta bowl along with crawfish mixture.
  • Mix cheeses in a medium bowl and set aside 1/2 cup of cheese. Add the rest of the cheese to the pasta. Mix together well and pour into prepared dish.
  • Sprinkle cracker crumbs and reserved 1/2 cup cheese on top.
  • Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered for 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 527kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern

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17 thoughts on “Cajun Mac and Cheese with Crawfish and Andouille Sausage”

  1. Come on! Don’t apologize for crawfish! Sell ’em! Crawfish tails in this dish are a feature not duplicated with shrimp. Let’s introduce this delicacy to those who are unfamiliar.

  2. This looks incredible Christin – love this loaded cajun mac and cheese. Hope you had a wonderful time on your trip to Beaufort Christin 🙂

  3. Peter @Feed Your Soul Too

    Absolutely love the combination of flavors. Put Andouille sausage in anything and how can you go wrong.

  4. Amy (Savory Moments)

    Oh this looks super fantastic! I love it. Mac and cheese is one of my favorite things and this Cajun version looks perfect.

  5. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Oh my gosh Christin! I’m not sure you could’ve given me a better recipe – this one was written for me! I can totally imagine eating a huge bowl of this with a nice cold beer. I love every single ingredient in it! Pinned!

  6. This looks almost too delicious and does have New Orleans written all over it! Crawfish and even andouille sausage is something we don’t eat enough of – it’s so good! And combined with mac & cheese – oh boy, what a treat!

  7. Judit & Corina @WineDineDaily

    Mmmm….just love this spicy Cajun Mac and Cheese! Looks utterly tempting with all that goodness. Never had Crawfish with pasta before, but it must be delicious. Hope you had a great time 🙂
    J+C

  8. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I envy your getaway. I am so ready for one, but I don’t see one happening soon. Good thing it is spring which is such a joyful time of year. When I live din NW Oregon, crawfish were available. The world was flat then. I don’t know if they still are or not. Now I am curious and will google that next. I am like everyone else in the world who loves Mac and Cheese. This is definitely a double star version of that dish. Make that a triple star.

  9. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Hope you’re having a lovely time in Beauford – I do enjoy seeing your pictures! And I would totally enjoy a bowl of this delish mac & cheese right now, just saying ;–) x

  10. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    This dish looks incredible! I love all the cajun goodness. I hope you are having a great time in Beaufort, Christin. I always love visiting the low country!

  11. I’m loving your photos of Beaufort on Instagram — it’s so beautiful and you must be having a well-deserved relaxing time. 🙂 Now, this mac and cheese looks fabulous! I’ve never had crawfish, but I’m sure I would love it — it sounds like a great addition to this dish right along with the andouille and all those great spices! Have a wonderful Sunday, my friend!

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you Marcie! Crawfish must be about the only food you haven’t tried. I think you pretty much covered every food in culinary school! Have a great week 🙂

  12. Bam's Kitchen

    I love eating seasonally and crawfish in m and C with spicy Andouille sausage sounds amazing. My teenagers are always putting cajun seasoning on top of their m and c so I know they would love this. I will have to look you up on intagram. I hope you had a delightful get away. Take Care, BAM

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