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Lobster Mac & Cheese

by Dylan Keith • featured in 25 Mac 'N' Cheese Recipes

Ingredients

for 6 servings

  • 12 oz
    lobster tail, 4 tails (340 g)
  • 1 cup
    homemade breadcrumb (115 g)
  • 2 tablespoons
    parmesan cheese
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons
    unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon
    cognac
  • 2 cups
    whole milk (480 mL)
  • 2 cups
    sharp white cheddar cheese (200 g)
  • 1 ½ cups
    shredded comte cheese (150 g)
  • ⅓ cup
    grated parmesan cheese (35 g)
  • 2 tablespoons
    mascarpone cheese
  • ½ lb
    pasta (230 g)
  • 2 tablespoons
    fresh chives, for garnish

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Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Boil the lobster tails in salted water until just cooked through, about 12 minutes. -- Cook 1 minute per ounce (28g).
  3. When cool, remove the meat and dice. Set aside.
  4. Toss the breadcrumbs with 1 tablespoon melted butter, 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, and black pepper.
  5. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente, about 7 minutes.
  6. Drain and set aside.
  7. In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.
  8. Add the flour and whisk, cook about a minute.
  9. Add the Cognac and whisk. The mixture will thicken immediately.
  10. Slowly add the milk, while whisking.
  11. Increase the heat to medium and stir occasionally until it starts to bubble.
  12. The sauce will thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  13. When it reaches this stage, add salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Add the sharp cheddar, Comte and parmesan cheeses, one handful at a time, whisking to incorporate. When one handful is melted, add the next.
  15. When all the shredded cheese has been added, add the mascarpone and stir.
  16. Remove from heat.
  17. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce and ½ of the lobster, reserving about ½ for the top.
  18. Pour into a bake dish, and top with reserved lobster and buttered breadcrumbs.
  19. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  20. Serve immediately.
  21. Enjoy!
 

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