Macaroni with Brie and Crab


This macaroni and cheese recipe is the ultimate decadent dinner. Not only is it topped with crispy bread crumbs, but it's also stuffed with flaky crab and creamy brie.

Macaroni with Brie and Crab
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 pound dried medium shell macaroni

  • 5 tablespoon butter

  • 1 medium sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 cup milk

  • 1 pound Brie cheese, rind removed and cheese coarsely chopped (reserve 8 small wedges for topping, if desired)

  • 2 6 ounce cans crabmeat, drained, flaked, and cartilage removed

  • 3 slices firm-texture white bread, torn into large pieces

  • Snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat eight 14- to 16-ounce individual baking dishes or a 3-quart shallow baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Return cooked macaroni to hot Dutch oven.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat butter over medium-low heat until melted. Add onion; cook about 15 minutes or until tender and golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to medium-low. Gradually add the chopped cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Stir cheese mixture into cooked macaroni. Fold in crabmeat. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish(es).

  3. Place bread pieces in a food processor. Cover and process until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle bread crumbs over macaroni mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes for the individual dishes, about 30 minutes for the larger dish, or until mixture is heated through and crumbs are golden. If desired, top macaroni mixture with cheese wedges for the last 5 minutes of baking. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Winner Info:

Melissa Podolak
Hillsborough, NC
Macaroni and Cheese
October 2008

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

595 Calories
27g Fat
57g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 595
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 905mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 282.7mg 22%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 387mg 8%
Folate, total 201.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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