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Lobster Mac and Cheese

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Lobster Mac and Cheese is rich, decadent and oh so cheesy! Cooked jumbo shell/elbow pasta, lobster are tossed in creamy white cheese sauce. Baked with a parmesan crumb topping. Serves 6 to 8 in under an hour.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American-Italian
Keyword cheese, lobster, macaroni, pasta, side dish, Valentine's Day
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 452
Author Laurie McNamara

Ingredients

FOR THE MAC AND CHEESE:

  • olive oil spray
  • sea salt
  • 10 ounces short pasta like jumbo macaroni, shellbow or pipe rigate
  • 1-1/2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fontina grated
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • 10 ounces lobster cooked and chopped

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon parsley minced, for serving

Instructions

  • Spray a 2 quart baking dish with olive oil spray and preheat your oven to 325°.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling, stir in a palmful of sea salt before adding in the pasta. Cook the pasta to al dente. Try to aim for the sauce and pasta to be done at the same time.
  • In a bowl, combine the white cheddar, fontina and 1/2 cup parmesan. Stir to combine.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan over medium to medium-low heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the half & half and whisk until thickened to the consistency of a creamy soup.
  • Remove off of the heat and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg, stir to incorporate.
  • Add 1/3 of the cheeses and stir until smooth.
  • Next add in drained cooked pasta and chopped lobster, stir to combine.
  • Spoon half of the mac and cheese to the prepared baking dish and top with half of the remaining cheeses. Repeat with the remaining mac and cheese and top with the last of the cheese.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the panko, 1/4 cup parmesan and 2 tablespoons melted butter, stir to combine and sprinkle over top of the pasta.
  • Bake on the middle rack of your preheated oven for 10 minutes. If needed, switch the broiler on and broil the top of the crumbs are until golden brown.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of minced parsley.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 569mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 814IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 343mg | Iron: 1mg