Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese with Parmigiano Reggiano
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To say that we love to eat macaroni and cheese in our home is an understatement. Macaroni and cheese has been a part of our menus for as long as I can remember. What’s even more of a favorite is cheese. My son could eat cheese all day long if we allowed him. So it was no wonder I had to come up with a twist on our family favorite, shrimp macaroni and cheese.
Most macaroni and cheese dishes contain cheddar cheese. I wanted to go outside the box on my dish, and Parmigiano Reggiano had to be the main cheese. And with us being from Louisiana, shrimp had to be that extra twist. This momma loves her some shrimp.
What is Parmigiano Reggiano?
With only 3 ingredients: milk, salt, and rennet, and 8 centuries of cheese making experience goes into each Parmigiano Reggiano wheel. Due to the long aging process of Parmigiano Reggiano, it is naturally lactose-free. It is also easily digestible and the perfect source for both protein and calcium. Can I say mom win on this? Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is made in Italy, specifically the area of Parma. Hence the name. Not all parmesean cheese is actually from Parm.
So how do you know it is the real deal?
When you are specifically using Parmigiano Reggiano, it is indeed from Parma. The Parmigiano Reggiano wedge will have pin-dots on the rind. This is how you know you have the real deal! Having this wedge in your fridge is the best way to go! It can be freshly grated from the wedge for the most intense flavor. I of course had to grate it for not only the cheese sauce, but also for the breadcrumb topping!
If you are looking for a fun and delicious twist on the original macaroni and cheese recipe, then this one is a must try!