Yes, I just made up a word. But that’s okay, this lobster mac-n-cheese deserves a whole new language! It’s rich and decadent and oh so yummy!
The pictures don’t do it justice so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.
4 tablespoons butter, plus 1 tablespoon for greasing dish
1 pound penne pasta
2 small shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white wine
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups half & half
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
2 cups shredded sharp white Cheddar
2 cups shredded Muenster/Havarti Style Cheese ( I used Yancey’s Fancy Bergenost purchased from Costco)
2 (8-ounce) raw lobster tails, defrosted if frozen, meat removed from shell, chopped
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
This image was taken with my iPhone…on Instagram no less 😉
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and adjust racks to the middle. Grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with butter.
Step 2: In a large pot of boiling salted water over medium heat, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta and reserve.
Step 3: Add 4 tablespoons butter to a large pot over medium heat. Once the butter shimmers, add the shallots and garlic and saute until translucent. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Step 4: Add the tomato paste and flour and stir to toast, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 5: Add the white wine and reduce, by half, about 2 minutes.
Step 6: Slowly add the cream, whisking well to remove any lumps. Add the paprika, cayenne, and bay leaf. Bring the cream up to a simmer and turn the heat to low. Let reduce until the cream is thick and can coat a spoon, about 5 to 10 minutes. When thickened, remove the bay leaves.
Step 7: Stir in the grated cheeses, a handful at a time, combining well after each addition. Add the chopped lobster meat to the sauce and stir well. Add the pasta and stir.
Step 8: Add mixture to the greased baking dish and sprinkle with the panko crumbs. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
I mean…it is ridiculously good!!! Both The Hubby and I had second helpings 😉
Hope you enjoy it!
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