Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese

lobsterYou know that 2 pound lobster that was on my plate earlier this week?  Well, it didn’t all get eaten, and the claws came home.   Luckily, there was just enough meat in them for lobster mac ‘n cheese.

I read somewhere that Ina Garten gets the credit for popularizing lobster mac ‘n cheese, but I’m thinking a Mainer would tell you it started right here!  What makes it such a great dish to prepare is there’s no end to the possibilities. You can use a variety of pastas and the cheese combinations…..well, use your imagination!  The only consistent ingredient is the lobster, a little or a lot depending on what you have on hand.  Here’s my combination of ingredients this time around.

lobster mac 'n cheeseLobster Mac ‘n Cheese

8 oz. pasta, your choice

2 T. butter

3-4 T. shallot or red onion, finely chopped

2 T. flour

1 c. milk + 1/2 c. heavy cream or 1 1/2 c. half and half

1 t. Dijon mustard

1 4 oz. package cream cheese

2 oz. smoked Gouda, grated

1 c. cheddar cheese, grated

salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 – 2 c. chopped lobster meat

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pot.

Melt butter over medium heat in large saucepan.  Add shallot/onion and sauté until soft.  Add flour and stir for 1 minute.  Stir in milk and bring to a slight boil, whisking constantly.  Remove from heat and add mustard, cheeses, salt and pepper and stir until cheeses are melted.

Mix in  pasta and lobster and pour into a lightly buttered baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Serve with chopped chives on top.

The good thing about lobster mac ‘n cheese is that it requires nothing more than a lovely green salad to be a most satisfying meal for kids and adults.  Enjoy!

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29 thoughts on “Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese

  1. Wow, looks great – love the recipe Lulu. My husband was just saying that we should have lobster sometime over the holiday weekend. So get this, when we first moved here (TX) I knew that lobsters shipments at a major grocery chain was on Tuesdays – I’d walk away with $5 one-half lb lobsters (whole, uncooked). Great right? And if they steamed them and looked like they couldn’t give them away I’d buy a couple for $3.00 a piece. Now the cheapest I can find is $9.00/lb whole, uncooked. Miss Maine holidays for sure.

    1. How have I missed that you live in Texas, my other home! Fiesta used to be a great place to get live lobster at a great price, but these days there doesn’t seem to be a place where that is true.

      1. I know funny, right? We were just north of Portland and now in No. TX (2000 two weeks before the tornado ripped through downtown FTW, and wondered why the heck did we leave Maine!).

  2. Looks divine! I don’t buy lobster but if I every get back to the east coast, I will definitely make this! I did copy the recipe for my mom! Thanks for stopping by to see me too!
    Blessings My Friend,

  3. Hi there! I absolutely must tell you a story. Four years ago, when I had just started a food blog here on WordPress, I got Freshly Pressed and had no idea what that was. I had written a blog about preparing mussels, and you commented on it and said you lived on the coast of Maine and got fresh mussels quite easily. I had only ever visited Maine once at that point. About that time, my husband and I decided we really wanted to work toward owning a home somewhere near the ocean. Last year, we finally achieved our dream and bought a house in Rockland, Maine. Just last week, we made our first lobster mac n’ cheese using lobsters our neighbor brought us in a bucket. I was just revisiting my old post about mussels and saw your comment. I clicked through to your blog and saw that you lived in Rockport. What an amazing world, right? I wish I’d had this recipe last week, but we’ll be sure to look it up next time we make lobster mac ‘n cheese. Thanks for the great full-circle moment! – Alicia (formerly writing Frazzled Foodie – but now more often blogging at Naps Happen)

  4. Hi LuLu,
    We would just love your Lobster Mac N Cheese, it looks fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a fantastic weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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