Lobster Mac and Cheese with a Crispy Shallot Herbed Crust
Serves 4 - 6
Elevating a classic dish always results in something to celebrate! This extra special lobster mac and cheese
features nutty cheeses and sweet lobster. The combo creates a reliably, award-winning pasta bake. Indulgent, yet approachable, this dish deserves to be shared with those you love!
1 lb cavatappi pasta
1/2 lb large cold-water lobster tails, (about 4 lobster tails)
3/4 cup butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 yellow onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup vegetable broth
3 cups whole milk, room temperature
1/2 cup half-and-half, room temperature
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, (roughly 12 oz)
2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese, (roughly 6 oz)
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese,
plus 1/4 cup (roughly 4 oz)
1-1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup vegetable oil (for frying)
2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced into rings
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
Flat leaf parsley
1. Preheat the oven to 450 F. Cut the just thawed lobster tails in half vertically (butterfly method). Place the tails
on a baking sheet and brush them with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Bake the lobster tails for 10-15 minutes
until the meat is firm and just opaque. Remove the lobster tails from the oven, and reduce the oven heat to
375 F. Remove the meat from the shells, and roughly cut the lobster tails into 1" pieces.
2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add a dose of salt and cook the pasta until al dente according to package
3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 3/4 cup butter. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes, or
until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds. Add the flour into the butter, garlic,
and onion mixture and continuously whisk for 3 minutes, or until barely golden. Gradually whisk in the broth.
4. While continuing to whisk, slowly add the milk and the half-and-half. Bring the mixture to a low simmer over
medium heat and continue stirring and cooking until the sauce is thick and smooth. Remove the saucepan
from heat and stir in the cheddar cheese, Gruyee, 1 cup parmesan, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, mustard
powder, and nutmeg. Stir until the cheese melts and all ingredients are fully combined.
5. Gently stir in the cooked pasta and the lobster pieces. Transfer all to a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
6. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over low heat. Add the breadcrumbs and stir until well-coated
with the butter and lightly toasted. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and remaining parmesan cheese over the top
of the pasta and bake until golden and bubbling, roughly 20-25 minutes.
7. While the lobster mac and cheese bakes, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the vegetable oil
and shallots until the oil begins to bubble, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and cook for another 4-5
minutes, or until the shallots are golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove the shallots from the oil, and let
them drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Chop the shallot into small pieces as needed.
8. Top the lobster mac and cheese with the crispy shallots and the flat leaf parsley. Serve immediately