Quick, ritzy lobster mac & cheese

sherry monfils

By
@smonfils

My local grocery store was having a sale on cooked, chopped lobster meat, ( it's still expensive, but still a good deal,) so I called my daughter and asked if she would like to share an "adult" mac and cheese dinner. She loves mac and cheese, so I knew she'd say yes, lol. We didn't stop eating it until we were way over stuffed, it was THAT good!


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Serves:

6

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

2 c
cooked lobster meat, cut into 1/2'-pieces
3 oz
cooked and chopped thick sliced bacon
2 c
elbow macaroni or penne pasta
2/3 c
unsalted butter
1
chopped garlic clove
2
shallots, peeled and diced
3 oz
flour
3 c
1 or 2% milk
1
fresh bayleaf, not dried, not from a jar.
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nutmeg
2 c
grated aged white cheddar cheese
1 c
grated parmesan/reggiano cheese mix
salt & pepper to taste
1 c
panko bread crumbs
1
sleeve reduced fat ritz crackers
1 oz
cooked and crumbled bacon
1 oz
parmesan/reggiano cheese, grated
2/3 c
melted butter

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Heat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9" x 13" casserole pan w/ cooking spray. Cook pasta as directed, drain, put aside in bowl to cool.
2
In lg, heavy pot, over medium heat, melt unsalted butter. Saute garlic clove and shallot 1 min. Whisk in flour. Slowly whisk in milk until there are no lumps. Add bay leaf and nutmeg. Lower heat to low, simmer for 5 mins. Stir in cheeses, setting aside 1 oz of parm/reggiano mix. Stir until cheese is melted. Turn off burner.
3
In medium bowl, combine panko crumbs and ritz crackers. Add 1 oz crumbled bacon and reserved grated parm/reggiano cheese mix. Spoon into food processor and pulse until it becomes fine crumbs. Add pasta, lobster and bacon to sauce in lg pot. Mix well. Spoon into casserole pan. Top w/ crumb mix. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake 15-20 mins, or until bubbly and light brown on top.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom