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Crab macaroni and cheese in a black skillet on a granite countertop

Cajun Crab Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

Boston Mouthful
This one-skillet dish is 5-star comfort food! Fresh Lump Crab meat. 3-cheese blend of Cheddar, Mozzarella, & Parmesan. Gnocchi. Panko breadcrumbs. Cajun spice and everything nice...⁠
This recipe will deliver you into food coma happiness.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people


  • 8 oz. Culinary Reserve Lump crab meat (½ a can) drained
  • 7 tbsp. Butter divided
  • ¼ cup Onion diced
  • ¼ cup Red Pepper diced
  • 3 each Garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp. All purpose flour
  • ½ cup Heavy cream
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 3 tsp. Cajun spice
  • 16 oz. Uncooked Gnocchi
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Add 2 tbsp. of butter to a medium cast iron skillet and melt over medium heat. Add the peppers and onions and sauté for about 3 minutes.
  • Then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Set the veggies aside.
  • Melt 3 tbsp. of butter in the skillet and add the flour. Make a roux by whisking constantly until it's a golden brown and thickens, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and milk. Whisk it together and bring to a simmer to thicken. Add the salt and pepper (season to taste).
  • Add in the cheddar, mozzarella, and 1/2 cup of the parmesan. Stir until it's fully melted.
  • Add the cooked veggies back in as well as the Cajun spice, and mix.
  • Stir in the Lump Crab meat.
  • Add in the uncooked gnocchi, mix until it's smothered in cheese, and spread the top so the skillet is leveled. Remove it from heat.
  • To make the panko topping: Put the remaining butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and melt. Add in the panko and mix, then add in the parmesan and mix. Sprinkle the breadcrumb topping evenly over the skillet.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the dish is bubbling and the top is golden brown.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!
Keyword Crab