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Lobster Mac and Cheese

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Lobster Mac and Cheese

Add lobster and some deliciously creamy cheese to your mac and cheese -- and now you've got a downright upscale romantic meal!

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 6
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Lobster Mac and Cheese

1
pound elbow pasta (or any short cut pasta)
9
tablespoons butter
1
clove garlic
1
pound cooked lobster meat, chopped
1
tablespoon fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
1 1/2
cups crushed Ritz crackers (about 1 sleeve)
1/4
cup flour
3
cups whole milk
1 1/4
cups sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/4
cups gruyere cheese, shredded
1
cup fontina cheese, shredded
4
ounces brie, rind removed and chopped
1/4
teaspoon mustard powder
1/4
teaspoon cayenne
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • 2 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until al-dente. You want it to have a bit of bite because it will finish cooking in the oven. Drain well.
  • 3 While the pasta boils add 3 tablespoons butter to a medium skillet and melt. Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds then add in the lobster meat and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add the parsley and cook another 30 seconds. Remove the lobster from the pan.
  • 4 Add another 2 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Throw in the crushed Ritz crackers and toss to coat. Toast the crumbs for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Once the crumbs are lightly toasted, remove from the heat and set aside.
  • 5 In the same pot you boiled the pasta, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let cook and bubble for 1 minute, stirring once or twice to avoid burning. Gradually whisk in the milk and raise the heat up to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently until the sauce has thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in all of the cheese, mustard powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese is fully melted. Stir in the pasta and about 3/4 of the lobster meat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  • 6 Evenly sprinkle on the remaining lobster chunks and then the toasted cracker crumbs. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet.
  • 7 Bake for 20 minutes or until the crumbs are golden brown and the sauce is bubbling.
  • 8 Remove from the oven and let sit five minutes (yeah, right). Dig in!!
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Add lobster to your mac and cheese, and you've got a downright upscale, romantic Valentine's Day meal.  

As prepared by Half Baked Harvest

Mac and cheese with lobster? You better believe it. What you won't believe is how easy and creamy this is!

If there is one thing that's fit for Valentine's Day, or really any cold February day, it's mac and cheese. But this mac and cheese is upping the ante.

Why? Well ... because I've added buttery lobster and fontina cheese. Oh yes I did.

And it is just as amazing as it sounds.

I'm so excited to tell you all about it, so let’s get cooking already!

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Start with boiling some of your favorite pasta for the mac and cheese. I used this really fun shape and it works perfectly for holding all the glorious cheese sauce – but really any short-cut pasta will do.

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

While the pasta cooks, crush the crackers and add the crumbs and butter to a skillet to lightly toast.

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Make the béchamel sauce and add in all the cheese. This one's a mix of fontina, gruyere, sharp cheddar and brie. 


Yeah, brie.

It is lobster mac and cheese, after all, so why not go all out?

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Stir in the pasta.

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Add the cooked lobster chunks and give the whole pot a big stir. Spoon the mac and cheese into either one big casserole dish or a few individual dishes for a more romantic feel.

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Sprinkle with the toasted cracker crumbs, then place the dish(es) in the oven for fifteen minutes or so.

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

And that‘s it – easy peasy! Nothing left to do but devour this amazing big bowl of the creamiest, richest, most decadent mac and cheese ever. Seriously, it is so good.

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

On top of that, there's no doubt that you'll impress the very lucky receiver of this dish.

And if you're making it for yourself? Well, just consider yourself very fortunate. Now you don’t even have to share!

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Just make it happen ... and then dig in.

 

To find more of Tieghan's recipes, visit her blog Half Baked Harvest and check out her Tablespoon profile, too!

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