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Luxurious Lobster Mac & Cheese

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Oh this dish is sinfully good! What could be better than a super cheesy, gooey mac & cheese made even richer and more flavorful by adding delicious lobster? This recipe is definitely not part of any healthy diet. I still make it once a year as a special treat and our friends have all fallen in love with this decadent version of the American comfort food classic.

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Luxurious Lobster Mac & Cheese

Servings: 10

Active time: 45 minutes (depends how quickly you break down lobster!)

Cooking time: about 30-35 minutes


1 ½ pounds (700 g) elbow macaroni, pipe rigate or cavatappi

Kosher salt

2 ½ cups (310 g) diced, cooked lobster meat (I used 1 large and 1 small lobster, about 2.6

pounds/1.2 kilos)

1-liter whole milk

6 tablespoons (90 g) unsalted butter

½ cup (75 g) all-purpose flour (T65 in France)

4 cups (260 g) grated Gruyère cheese

2 cups (140 g) grated extra-sharp (mature) cheddar cheese

1 cup (110 g) grated Fontina cheese (or use raclette cheese in France)

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping:

1 ¼ cups (115 g) fresh bread crumbs (or use Panko)

2 tablespoons (28 g) melted butter

1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves


Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C). Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain well.


While the pasta is cooking, shell the cooked lobster and cut the meat into 1/2-inch (1-cm) chunks. Set aside.


In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat – don’t allow it to boil. In the large pot you cooked the pasta in, melt the 6 tablespoons of butter over low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Pour in the hot milk and continue whisking over low heat for 2 minutes or until smooth and slightly thickened.


Take the pot off the heat, add the grated cheeses, ground black pepper, ½ tablespoon

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Kosher salt and the ground nutmeg. Stir until the cheese melts almost completely and there is a thick sauce. Add the pasta and chunks of lobster and stir until fully coated with the sauce. Pour evenly into the large baking dish.


In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with the melted butter and chopped parsley, breaking up any clumps. Sprinkle evenly over the pasta. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and the breadcrumbs are browned on top. Serve hot. The dish can be assembled a day ahead and cooked just before serving.

And bon appétit!

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Adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa: Foolproof

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