*This recipe is for the Golden Girl Granola challenge, all opinions are my own.
Mac & Cheese is not only a staple in the South, but it’s a food group and on the right occasions can be considered a vegetable. I always hear people raving over Lobster Mac & Cheese but I have never had a recipe I truly liked. So I put a spin on that with Simply Southern Shrimp Mac & Cheese with a top secret special ingredient.
I love sprinkling bread crumbs on top of this dish but why not try some granola! All my friends say this dish is delicious and the granola is a great addition. I used Golden Girl Granola and it added such a unique flavor to mac & cheese. This dish is so hearty it could be your main course, not just a side dish.
- 1 box elbow macaroni
- 1 stick butter
- ½ cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups cheese (cheddar and montery jack)
- cajun seasonings
- 1 box shrimp
- 2 cups Golden Girl Honey Granola
- Italian seasoning
- Cook the pasta according to the box.
- Drain and set aside.
- Next make the roux. Melt the butter then add the flour and keeping stirring over medium heat.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes until roux gets darker.
- Add the milk and keep cooking until thickened.
- Reduce heat and stir in cheese until melted.
- Cook your shrimp according to package.
- Stir in cooked pasta and cooked shrimp then transfer to a baking dish.
- Sprinkle a layer cajun seasoning then top with Golden Girl Granola and parmesan cheese.
First boil your macaroni according to the package.
While that is cooking you can start your roux. This is easy to make but if you burn it you will have to start over so DO NOT stop stirring. A roux is a sauce used in the base of lots of recipes like gumbo, soups, or etoufees. Turn on medium high heat and melt the butter and stir for 3-5 minutes.
Sometimes I recruit help when I need a good roux stirrer. Once the roux is darker, add the milk and stir until thick.
Then add the cheese and stir until smooth. While you are stirring, cook the shrimp.
Pour out the Golden Girl Granola and sprinkle in some italian seasoning. I chose the sweet honey Golden Girl granola for my recipe because I thought it would be the most versatile for a savory dish.
Then add the cooked shrimp and pasta to the cheese sauce.
Mix it up then add to a baking dish. Top with a layer of Cajun seasoning, then add granola and parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese on top melts. This is a crowd favorite and sure to fill up those hungry tummies.