Lobster Mac & Cheese
for 6 servings
12 oz lobster tail, 4 tails
1 cup homemade breadcrumb
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
2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups shredded comte cheese
⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
½ lb pasta
2 tablespoons fresh chive, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Boil the lobster tails in salted water until just cooked through, about 12 minutes. -- Cook 1 minute per ounce (28g).
- When cool, remove the meat and dice. Set aside.
- Toss the breadcrumbs with 1 tablespoon melted butter, 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, and black pepper.
- Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente, about 7 minutes.
- Drain and set aside.
- In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.
- Add the flour and whisk, cook about a minute.
- Add the Cognac and whisk. The mixture will thicken immediately.
- Slowly add the milk, while whisking.
- Increase the heat to medium and stir occasionally until it starts to bubble.
- The sauce will thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- When it reaches this stage, add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the sharp cheddar, Comte and parmesan cheeses, one handful at a time, whisking to incorporate.
- When one handful is melted, add the next.
- When all the shredded cheese has been added, add the mascarpone and stir.
- Remove from heat.
- Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce and ½ of the lobster, reserving about ½ for the top.
- Pour into a bake dish, and top with reserved lobster and buttered breadcrumbs.
- Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 10 minutes.
- Serve immediately.