Crab mac ‘n’ cheese

Macaroni cheese is one of those comfort foods I remember from childhood.  This is quick to make and is so tasty.  I omitted the dill as I am not a fan.  I used tinned crabmeat as couldn’t get fresh.


  • 100g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 500g macaroni
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1litre milk
  • 200g mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce
  • 150g fresh, brown crabmeat
  • For the crab topping
  • 150g white crabmeat
  • 100g crème fraîche
  • juice ½ lemon
     1/2  small pack dill, finely chopped


  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and grease a medium baking dish. Cook the macaroni following pack instructions.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a thick-bottomed pan and add the flour to make a thick paste, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. Add the milk, little by little, to the paste, mixing until smooth. Cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously until the mixture thickens.
  • Remove from the heat, add 150g cheese and whisk until smooth. Mix in the mustard, ketchup and cayenne. Drain the macaroni and return to the pan. Stir the cheese sauce into the cooked pasta, fold in the brown crabmeat and season.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining 50g cheese on top and bake in the oven for 25-30 mins until heated through. Remove from the oven and stand for 10 mins.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the crab topping with some seasoning. Serve a big spoonful on top of each portion of the bake.

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