Recipe: Prawn & Scallop Mac ‘N’ Cheese


We treat ourselves to a seriously posh mac 'n' cheese by adding king prawns and a side of amazing seared scallops. It really lifts this old favourite to something that you might serve to guests or when you just feel like indulging on your own!


  • 30 g butter
  • 20 g flour
  • 350 ml whole milk
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 100 g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 20 g parmesan, grated + a bit extra for the top
  • 50 ml double cream
  • 1 handful raw king prawns
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 handful panko breadcrumbs
  • 12 scallops
  • 1 knob butter
  • 1 lemon
  • 400 g macaroni pasta
preheat the oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to 200ºC.

cook the pasta

Step 2

Cook The Pasta

Boil a big pan of salted water and add the pasta. Cook for 8 minutes, until the pasta is just cooked, then drain.

make the sauce

Step 3

Make The Sauce

Melt the butter in another pan. Whisk the flour into the butter to form a smooth paste (roux). Pour the milk into the roux a little at a time, whisking continuously to keep the sauce smooth.

mix the pasta & sauce

Step 4

Mix The Pasta & Sauce

Add the nutmeg and grated cheeses. Stir the sauce until the cheese melts then add the cream. Return the drained pasta to the large pan it was cooked in and stir it into the cheese sauce along with the prawns and the spinach leaves.

stick it in the oven

Step 5

Stick It In The Oven

Tip the cheesy pasta into an ovenproof dish and top with the panko breadcrumbs. Grate over some extra parmesan and bung it in the oven for 15 minutes, until the breadcrumbs and cheese are browned on top.

cook the scallops

Step 6

Cook The Scallops

Heat a shot of oil in a very hot frying pan. Season the scallops and sear in the pan for a minute on each side, until they are dark and caramelised. Add a knob of butter and a squeeze of lemon juice and allow to foam.

serve up family style!

Step 7

Serve Up Family Style!

Take the pan of scallops and dish of man ‘n’ cheese to the table for everybody to dig into. Serves 4

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