Ina Garten’s lobster mac and cheese is a fancy mac and cheese that will have your taste buds in delight. Lobster
takes this dish over the top.
1 pound cavatappi or elbow macaroni
1 quart milk
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
12 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (4 cups)
8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat
1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. In a large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Still whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, the pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and lobster and stir well. Place the mixture in 6 to 8 individual gratin dishes.
Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.
Ever had mac and cheese with lobster in it? Think it’s too expensive for lobster? Well it isn’t, if you look for sales! I saw Ina make this quite a few times, and this episode was on, I think on Monday. I was drooling watching the TV and remembered that lobster tails were on sale this week.
I cooked them in boiling water until the shells turned bright red. I went to Sam’s Club to buy my gruyere cheese, and man, is the gruyere cheese ever worth the money. I feel like I’m a mac and cheese expert now. I halved this recipe, since Ben doesn’t like mac and cheese and I’ll be having this for dinner tonight.