Cheesy Crab & Shrimp Shells

Good news, my friends.


I get to share the recipe with you sooner than later! Winking smile


I will warn you that this recipe definitely makes a TON of pasta, so be prepared to either a) be hungry, b) have dinner guests, c) eat it for days, or d) try freezing some.


I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing all of the above.

Cheesy Crab & Shrimp Shells

Prep & Cook Time: ~20 minutes total

Yield: 6 (1-1/2 cup) servings


  • 1 box whole wheat medium shells
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 wedges The Laughing Cow light cream cheese spread
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag frozen peas and carrots, cooked according to package
  • 8 ounces cooked salad shrimp
  • 8 ounces chopped crab meat


1. Cook the Hodgson Mill whole wheat medium shells according to directions on package. Drain and place back in their pot.

2. While the pasta cooks, whisk together milk, chicken broth, and cornstarch and a small bowl and set aside.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and celery and continue to cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add peas and carrots and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Stir in the milk mixture until blended and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.

4. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheeses and Old Bay seasoning. Add shrimp and crab meat and stir to heat through, about 2-3 minutes. Add cooked shells and toss until coated.

5. Serve immediately or allow to chill and serve as a cool pasta dish. Enjoy!


*The last I checked, my recipe still wasn’t up on the Hodgson Mill pinterest board, but as soon as it is, I’d LOVE to have your votes! Smile


  1. Lauren says

    WOW!!! That looks so yummy!!! And the fact that it takes only 20 minutes to make! This is definately a meal I’m going to have to make. Thanks for the recipe! You’ve got my vote! :)

  2. Kara says

    hey I was just wondering what exactly salad shrimp is.. how big is it/where do you find it? thanks!

    ps this dish looks incredible.. can’t wait to make it!

    • Courtney says

      Salad shrimp is very tiny! I found a package of it in the frozen seafood section of my grocery store (I believe the package was exactly 8oz. too). If you can’t find salad shrimp, then I’d say to just try and find the smallest shrimp that you can. :)


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