Lobster Mac and Cheese
The beauty of this recipe is that it’s very cost-effective. By folding a small amount of cooked lobster into a creamy, cheesy pasta, you’re able to serve lobster to a crowd without breaking the bank. Plus, who doesn’t love mac and cheese?
3 1/2 tbsp (50 mL) unsalted butter, divided
3/4 cup (180 mL) panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (60 mL) parmesan, finely grated
8 oz (225 g) macaroni
2 1/2 cups (625 mL) whole milk
1 small onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) sharp white cheddar, grated
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) gruyère, grated
1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 lb (3/4 kg) cooked lobster meat, cut into bite-size pieces
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
In a medium pan, melt 1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) butter over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and stir, cooking until golden brown, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and toss with parmesan. Set aside for later.
Cook pasta in large pot of boiling, salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside.
In a small pot, bring milk to a slight simmer. Then, in a medium pot, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and softened, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle flour on top. Stir, cooking out flour, for 1 minute. Slowly add milk, whisking to blend.
Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened. This step will take 6-8 minutes: your sauce won’t be super thick, but when you can coat the back of a wooden spoon with sauce and then draw a line through it with your finger, it’s thick enough (weird tip, but it works). Off the heat, add cheese, mustard and nutmeg. Stir to combine (cheese will melt). Taste your sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
Mix pasta in with cheese sauce. Fold in lobster. Transfer to a 2 qt. baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with breadcrumbs. Bake for another 10 minutes or until the dish is bubbling and warmed through. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Not sure how to cook and crack a lobster? Check out our post Lobster Prep 101.
Don’t feel like cooking? Grab some of our tasty Surf ’n’ Turf Mac and Cheese available in-store at Michael-Angelo’s. Cheesy baked pasta with butter-poached lobster and beer-braised short ribs!