Crab Cake Mac N Cheese

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Ingredients

Salt

1 pound cavatappi or elbow pasta with lines on conchiglie (small fat tube/shell shaped pasta with lines)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

6 tablespoons butter

3 ribs celery with leafy tops, finely chopped

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 small red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped

3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 bay leaf

About 2 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme leaves, several sprigs

About 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

Freshly ground black pepper

3/4 pound fresh lump crabmeat, picked for shells and flaked

1 tablespoon seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups milk

Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/3 pound, about 1 rounded cup grated sharp white Cheddar

1/3 pound, about 1 rounded cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese

3 tablespoons hot sauce (recommended: Frank's Red Hot)

1 cup panko bread crumbs

A generous handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, a couple of handfuls

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