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MAC AND CHEESE!
Whoa. Sorry I keep starting posts with food words in all capital letters (but not that sorry…can’t stop won’t stop). Mac and cheese really deserves to be in all capital letters all the time. Know what I mean? Yeah…you know what I mean. We’re on the same page, you and I. The MAC AND CHEESE PAGE.
This mac and cheese is DECADENT. I went all out, because I was putting lobster in it, which meant it had to be extra fancy. Obviously.
There is half and half and three different types of cheese involved in this mac and cheese. Which is awesome. Words like “light” and “guilt-free” have no business being in the same sentence as this mac and cheese. And that’s just how I like it.
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- 1 lb. pasta (I used mini shells)
- 10 oz. cooked lobster tail meat, diced
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 4 Tbsp. flour
- 1.5 cups milk
- ½ cup half-and-half
- ½ cup shredded white cheddar cheese
- ½ cup shredded fontina cheese
- 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (optional)
- Cook pasta in very salty water according to package or recipe directions, until al dente.
- In a large nonstick pot, melt butter over medium heat.
- Whisk flour into butter to form a roux. Cook for one or two minutes, until it darkens a bit.
- Whisk milk into roux slowly, making sure to work out any lumps.
- Add half and half and whisk to combine.
- Cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until sauce has thickened - 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove sauce from heat and immediately whisk in cheeses, salt, and pepper.
- When cheese has melted, stir in lobster meat and pasta.
- Serve immediately if you'd like, or follow instructions below to bake pasta.
- To bake, pour pasta into individual 3" serving dishes or into one large casserole pan (9x13 works well). Top with a light layer of breadcrumbs.
- Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, until the breadcrumbs have crisped up and the top of the pasta has browned.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes, then serve.