Want a dish for Super Bowl that will knock them off their feet? Luscious Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese will make you and your guests happy – no matter which team wins! It’s super easy to make – the secret is to use really good cheese!
This dish is a winner! You can easily substitute crab for the lobster if you prefer!
Preheat the Oven to 375
16 oz. uncooked pasta ** see chart below
6 tablespoons of butter, divided
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 Cups whole milk
1 Cup shredded Gruyere Cheese
2 Cups shredded White Cheddar Cheese
1 pound of lobster meat
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Cup Panko Japanese Bread Crumbs, mixed with 2 tablespoons of melted butter and garlic salt
** Types of Pasta Suitable for this Dish
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente – that means when you bite into it, the center is slightly uncooked. This photo shows elbow macaroni but you can use your choice of shape for fun (hearts for Valentine’s Day) – but tubes such as elbow, penne, etc. work best to hold the sauce! If you overcook the pasta the dish will be mushy.
Drain the pasta and return to the pot.
While the pasta is cooking, make the white sauce* . In a large pan over medium heat melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant but not browned, about 2 – 3 minutes.
Add the flour and whisk with the butter until well combined and it begins to turn golden, which should take about a minute.
Add the milk and whisk together quickly until the sauce begins to thicken and is smooth in texture.
Stir the cheeses into the white sauce until melted and remove from the heat.
Add the sauce and lobster meat to the pasta and stir gently to combine but not break up the lobster chunks too much.
Pour mixture in a large baking dish or spoon out into individual ramekins. Sprinkle the top with the Panko/Butter mixture and bake until bubbly and brown on top.
*White Sauce is called the Mother of All Sauces. If you can master making this, it will increase your recipe options dramatically! Short video from Kraft will show you how easy it is! Enjoy!