A French-Inspired Seafood Gratin Pasta Bake
If you’re a fan of creamy seafood dishes but want to skip the heavy cream, then you’ll love this Seafood Gratin Pasta Bake. Made with a mix of delectable seafood and macaroni, baked in a silky creamy sauce, and topped with a golden breadcrumb and parmesan cheese crust, it’s a comforting and easy-to-make meal. Plus, it’s very French and oh-so-satisfying. 🙂
No Cream, No Problem
You might be surprised to learn that this creamy dish doesn’t contain a single drop of cream. Instead, it features a classic French technique called a béchamel sauce. By combining melted butter, flour, and milk, you can create a rich and creamy white sauce without the need for heavy cream. This béchamel sauce serves as the base for many mouthwatering French sauces like Mornay, Cheese Sauce, and Mustard Sauce.
Easy yet Impressive
While you might assume that crafting a silky creamy white sauce requires hours of simmering a homemade seafood broth, you’ll be relieved to know that this recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. It requires store-bought seafood marinara mix, which includes prawns, mussels, fish, and calamari. However, feel free to use any seafood you prefer. The result is still incredibly delicious and worthy of serving to guests.
If you want to take it up a notch and impress your guests, there’s an option to create a homemade seafood broth for the béchamel sauce. But even without it, this Seafood Gratin Pasta Bake remains a wonderful dish.
Versatile and Cozy
This gratin is the ultimate winter comfort food. Alongside creamy soups and hearty stews, it warms your soul on cold and rainy days. As you look at the luscious pictures of this dish, it’s hard to believe there’s no cream involved. It’s a testament to the power of a well-made béchamel sauce.
So, if you’re craving a creamy and satisfying seafood casserole that’s surprisingly light, give this Seafood Gratin Pasta Bake a try. It’s a winner that will keep you coming back for more.
You can find the detailed recipe on the Hook’d Up Bar and Grill website.
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