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Ronzoni® Spicy Asiago Shrimp Mac and Cheese

With the addition of crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper and cracked black pepper, this luscious mac and cheese with shrimp delivers nice layers of heat that will wake up your taste buds.

Serves 6
Ready in 55 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 45 mins
730 calories per serving


> 16 oz Ronzoni® Large Elbow pasta
> 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
> 1 1/4 lb peeled and deveined medium shrimp, tail removed (21-25 count)
> 5 green onions, thinly sliced
> 3 cloves garlic, minced
> 3/4 tsp salt, divided
> 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
> 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
> 3 tbsp butter
> 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
> 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
> 3 cups 3.25% homogenized milk
> 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
> 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
> Pinch of ground nutmeg
> 1 1/2 cups Asiago cheese, grated and divided
> 1 cup white cheddar cheese block, shredded
> 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
> 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped


Preheat oven to 400˚F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain reserving 1/4 cup pasta water.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp oil in skillet set over medium heat. Cook shrimp, green onions, garlic, 1/4 tsp salt, red pepper flakes and smoked paprika for 3 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, curl and cooked through; remove from heat; set aside.
Melt butter in large skillet set over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth.
Slowly whisk in milk. Continue to whisk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring constantly, for 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened slightly. Stir in pepper, remaining salt, cayenne pepper and nutmeg. Remove sauce from heat. Stir in 1 cup Asiago and Cheddar until melted.
Toss in pasta and reserved pasta water until well coated. Transfer to greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
In a small bowl, mix together bread crumbs, remaining each Asiago and oil; sprinkle over pasta.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden and bubbling.
Sprinkle with parsley before serving.


Recipe provided by Ronzoni Pasta


Serve with your favorite hot sauce for extra spicy mac and cheese.

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