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Ultimate Lobster Mac and Cheese

lobster mac and cheese in blue casserole dish

This ultimate Lobster Mac and Cheese recipe features an indulgent 4 cheese sauce, chunks of tender fresh lobster, al dente pasta and baked together til’ golden brown to create the most delicious comforting dish! It’s the perfect main course or side dish that everyone will love!

Lobster mac and cheese in blue casserole dish on wooden plank

Growing up in a Caribbean household, comfort food was definitely something we had often. Foods that were rich and savoury, foods that took time to make. Foods where with every bite you felt the love and energy of the person making it. This Ultimate Lobster Mac and Cheese recipe is the elevated, must try, will love version. It’s the one for the comfort dish lovers, and seafood lovers,like myself. It’s one for the ooey gooey cheese lovers like myself and those who just want to eat good…like myself!

I’m almost certain, that if you grew up in North America you’ve tried mac and cheese as a kid. But this is the 2.0 version, the upgraded, indulgent, delicious, cheesier, creamier version. Leave a comment below letting me know if you ate mac and cheese growing up, and how you like The Seasoned Skillet edition.

What is Mac & Cheese

I call it elevated cheesy seafood baked pasta. Also referred to as Mac n’ Cheese, it’s a beautiful combination of al dente macaroni pasta, a creamy cheese sauce, a blend of herbs and spices, and of course lobster. The cheese sauce, lobster, and macaroni are then mixed together until combined, transferred to a oven-safe casserole dish topped with seasoned panko breadcrumbs and baked to a golden perfection!

How to Make the Ultimate Lobster Mac & Cheese

Before we begin, here is the number one tip for this recipe. Taste as you go! Everyone’s taste buds and tolerances are different, and seasoning is always based on preference. You can adjust as you go, based on your desired taste.

Unbaked lobster mac and cheese in blue casserole dish

The Pasta

Firstly, you want to start by boiling your pasta to al dente. Your pasta will continue to cook while baking, as such al dente is the perfect place to remove from heat, and drain.

The Cheese Sauce

Secondly, you move onto the cheese sauce, the star of the show, the main act! Start with your roux, it’s the base of the cheese sauce. A roux is flour and fat (butter) cooked together and used to thicken sauces. Rigorously whisk, and once combined pour in your milk or cream and stir. Next, you add in your chopped onions, and minced garlic – cook until fragrant and translucent. Now you guessed it, its cheese time. Add heaping spoonfuls of cheese, and stir in, mixing until melted and well combined. Ensure you whisk and stir away any lumps! Finally, add in your herbs and spices, adjust to your liking and viola, your cheese sauce is complete!

Once done, combine the pasta and the cheese sauce.

TSS Tip: Buy block cheese and shred yourself. Pre-shredded cheese have a starchy coating to prevent each piece from sticking together. The result, your mac and cheese will be drier and less cheesy.

The Topping

Thirdly, you want to prepare your cheesy crumb topping. Start by combining panko bread crumbs, add a tablespoon of butter, good ole’ old bay seasoning, smoked paprika, and parsley until crumbly. Next, shred more cheese if you’ve run out ’cause you definitely want to add this on top as well!

Putting it Together

Lastly, it’s finally time put it together and toss it (not really, more like gently place) in the oven. You want to pour the cheesy pasta into an oven-safe casserole dish, and top with bread crumbs and shredded cheese. Bake on 375 degree Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly along the edges and golden brown.

Grab the Grocery List (Screenshot The Below)!

  • Butter
  • Milk or Cream
  • Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Old Cheddar Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Fresh Lobster Meat
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Scoobi Do or Cavatappi Pasta
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Dried Parsley
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Old Bay or Cajun Seasoning

Some Other Comforting Seasoned Skillet Dishes

One Pot Italian Sausage, Spinach & Cheese Tortellini, Jamaican Rasta Pasta, & Creamy Shrimp & Broccoli Alfredo Pasta

Ultimate Lobster Mac and Cheese

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Dinner, Mains & Entrees, Pasta, Seafood American
By Taneisha Morris Serves: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 35 minutes Cooking Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 1 hour

This ultimate Lobster Mac and Cheese features an indulgent 4 cheese sauce, chunks of lobster, pasta & baked together to a golden perfection!

Ingredients

  • Cheese Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Salted Butter
  • 2 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 medium Onion finely diced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 1/4 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Old Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper optional
  • 1/4 tsp Salt adjust to taste
  • Other Ingredients
  • 2 cups Cooked Lobster Meat more for a meatier dish
  • 3-4 cups Cavatappi Pasta
  • Breadcrumb Topping
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • Cheese Topping
  • 3/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Old Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

1

Shred cheeses, dice onions, mince garlic, set aside.

2

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

3

Cook pasta to al dente and according to package instruction. Drain and set aside.

4

In a small mixing bowl, combine paprika, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, Old Bay seasoning, and salt, set aside.

5

In a wide shallow pan, over medium high heat melt butter.

6

Add flour, whisking vigorously until the mixture begins to thin and bubble then reduce heat and continue stirring.

7

Add chopped onions and minced garlic. Cook until fragrant and translucent.

8

Pour cream into the pan, and whisk to avoid clumping.

9

Start with 1/2 cup of monterey jack cheese, add to sauce mixture. Whisk until melted.

10

Continue to add remainder of cheeses (monterey jack and old cheddar) in 1/2 cup increments until done.

11

Add in the cream cheese. Whisk until melted and all ingredients incorporated.

12

Gradually mix in dry seasoning, stirring to combine. Ensure to taste test, add cayenne pepper if you like a touch of heat.

13

Add 3/4 of the cooked lobster meat into the cheese mixture and stir. Save 1/4 to top the dish.

14

Fold pasta gradually to sauce, until well incorporated and set aside.

Breadcrumb Topping

15

In a medium mixing bowl, combine unsalted butter, panko breadcrumbs, dried parsley, smoked paprika, and old bay seasoning, mix together until a crumbly consistency has formed.

Cheese Topping

16

Shred, and combine both monterey jack, and old cheddar cheese together.

Assembly

17

In a medium to large sized oven-safe casserole dish, transfer heaping spoonfuls of lobster mac and cheese to create a bottom layer.

18

Add a thin layer of the shredded cheese.

19

Finish with a final layer of lobster mac and cheese.

20

Top with remaining lobster meat, shredded cheese and sprinkle on your parmesan cheese.

21

Add breadcrumbs, and place in oven for 25 minutes, or until bubbly along the edges and golden brown.

Notes

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Tanisha Burrell
    September 25, 2020 at 3:47 am

    This recipe turned out great. Easy and tasty

    • Reply
      Taneisha Morris
      October 4, 2020 at 3:27 am

      So glad you enjoyed! Thank you Tanisha (aka my name twin!)!

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