Cheesy Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe

Cheesy Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe

What could be better than the warm taste of a perfected comfort food staple like mac and cheese? Add some lobster, and then you'll know! The following recipe is a mouth watering testament to what a little succulent shellfish will do for one of America's favorite cheesy dishes.

What You'll Need

  • 4 Tablespoons (1 stick) of Butter
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 8oz box of Penne Pasta
  • 2 Cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 5 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup of a dry white wine
  • 4 cups of heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon of sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese (white)
  • 2 cups of shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 2- 8oz lobster tails, meat removed from shell and chopped
  • ¼ cup of bread crumbs

How to Make It

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with any extra butter, or olive oil if you have just one stick for the recipe.

Fill a large pot with water, generously add salt, and bring to a boil. Pour pasta in, and cook over medium heat until al dente. Drain pasta and set aside.

In that same large part (now empty), add the stick of butter over medium heat. Once the butter is liquid, add the garlic and the chopped onion and saute until the onion is transparent. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste, and add tomato paste to the mixture. Stir in the flour for about 3 or 4 minutes or until it's significantly darker and toasted. Add the white wine and gradually reduce heat over several minutes as you stir in. Slowly add the heavy cream and whisk the mixture well, making sure that lumps have disappeared. Season the sauce with the sweet paprika, cayenne pepper and bay leaf.

Once again bring the cream to a simmer, cover and turn heat to low.  Let the sauce simmer to thicken for about 10 minutes, and then remove the bay leaf. Spend the next several minutes slowly stirring in the cheese, 1-2 cups at a time. Thoroughly mix in and blend each cup before adding the next. Once all the cheese is stirred in, add the lobster meat and stir in well. Add the pasta that you set aside and mix in to the lobster/cheese sauce. Pour all into the greased 9x13 dish, and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove the dish from oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes, just enough for the juices to settle in as the dish cools a bit. Serve with white wine and a side salad, and enjoy!

 

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