Lobster Mac and Cheese

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Lobster Mac and Cheese

With three kinds of cheese and garlic butter broiled lobster tails, this Lobster Mac & Cheese Recipe is perfect for the holidays when you want to indulge your friends and family with a special meal. 

This decadent meal is perfect for a crowd as it serves 8 – 10 and it comes together in under an hour. 

Take advantage of the sales on whole lobsters and lobster tails as well as Sargento cheese at Safeway to make this lobster mac and cheese recipe this season.

How to Steam a Whole Lobster

You can boil or broil the lobster.  Both methods are easy and quick.  I broiled my lobster tails for this recipe and quickly cooked the chopped lobster in a garlic butter sauce before adding to the pasta.  That added an amazing richness and boost of flavor to the dish.  

I actually used oat milk as I wanted to test a plant-based milk option and it tasted amazing!  Oat milk has a thicker consistency like whole milk, which makes it the perfect plant-based option to use in mac and cheese.   It doesn’t have an aftertaste or add any flavor to the pasta, unlike almond, cashew, and soy milk, which can affect the taste.   

Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 5 oz lobster tails (3 is better, but go with whatever works for your budget)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups milk (oat milk or whole milk)
  • 16 oz Cavatapi or Celentani Pasta
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded gruyere cheese (mozzarella may be substituted)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
  • cooking spray

 

How to Make Baked Lobster Mac & Cheese

Preheat the oven to 350.  Coat a 2 to 3-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 

Cook the lobster tails, either by broiling the tails or by boiling in 5 quarts of boiling water, covered for 5 minutes until the tails turn bright pink.  Remove the lobster meat from the tails and set it aside. 

See the recipe for broiled lobster tails here

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Cook the pasta according to package directions. 

In a large pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.  Add the flour, then whisk until combined and the flour is cooked through about 1 -2 minutes.

Add the milk and whisk until combined.  Heat until the milk is hot and bubbly. 

Add the cheeses and stir until melted.  Then add the salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder and smoked paprika.  Stir to incorporate. 

Add the pasta to the pot and stir until combined. 

Chop the lobster meat into small pieces.  Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and the chopped lobster.  Cook the lobster for 1-2 minutes in the garlic butter.

Add the lobster to the pasta, reserving a few pieces for garnish on the top. 

Stir the pasta, cheese and lobster together, then pour into prepared baking dish. 

Mix 2 tablespoons of melted butter with the panko.   Sprinkle the panko on top of the mac and cheese. 

Bake at 350° F. for 15 minutes until the breadcrumbs are toasted and the cheese is bubbling and gooey. 

Top with reserved lobster, minced chives, and parsley if desired. 

Enjoy right away. 

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Lobster Mac & Cheese

With three kinds of cheese and garlic butter broiled lobster tails, this Lobster Mac & Cheese Recipe is perfect for the holidays when you want to indulge your friends and family with a special meal. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lobster Mac and Cheese, Lobster Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories:
Author: Eva Fry

Ingredients

  • 2 - 3 5 oz lobster tails
  • 6 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups milk oat milk or whole milk
  • 16 oz Cavatapi or Celentani Pasta
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded gruyere cheese mozzarella may be substituted
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chives thinly sliced
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350.  Coat a 2 to 3-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook the lobster tails, either by broiling the tails or by boiling in 5 quarts of boiling water, covered for 5 minutes until the tails turn bright pink.  Remove the lobster meat from the tails and set it aside.
  • See the recipe for broiled lobster tails here.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • In a large pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.  Add the flour, then whisk until combined and the flour is cooked through about 1 -2 minutes.
  • Add the milk and whisk until combined.  Heat until the milk is hot and bubbly.
  • Add the cheeses and stir until melted.  Then add the salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder and smoked paprika.  Stir to incorporate.
  • Add the pasta to the pot and stir until combined.
  • Chop the lobster meat into small pieces.  Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and the chopped lobster.  Cook the lobster for 1-2 minutes in the garlic butter.
  • Add the lobster to the pasta, reserving a few pieces for garnish on the top.
  • Stir the pasta, cheese and lobster together, then pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of melted butter with the panko.   Sprinkle the panko on top of the mac and cheese.
  • Bake at 350° F. for 15 minutes until the breadcrumbs are toasted and the cheese is bubbling and gooey.
  • Top with reserved lobster, minced chives, and parsley if desired.
  • Enjoy right away.

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Additional Mac & Cheese or Baked Pasta Recipes

Green Chile Mac & Cheese

Roasted Vegetable Baked Penne Recipe

Three Cheese Muffin Tin Pasta Bites

 

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