Lobster Mac and Cheese for Two

Steamed Lobster
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Steamed Lobster

Nothing screams  “Summer in New England” like lobster.  No matter how you enjoy this crustacean, whether it’s fresh and steamed, baked and stuffed, or my favorite, in a creamy macaroni and cheese, it always aims to please. It’s a once a summer indulgence for me that I won’t give up, kind of like fried clams.  My fellow New Englanders understand; you know it’s not good for you but it’s just too good to resist.  So moderation is key!

Just Enough for Two

Wouldn’t it be nice to cook a seafood dish where you have just the right amount?  Seafood isn’t the best as a leftover meal, and lobster mac and cheese is no different.  Cream sauces don’t reheat very well in the microwave as the ingredients tend to separate.   That is why I wanted to create a perfect recipe just for two.   One satisfying serving is all you need to fulfill that craving for a decadent seafood dish.

This recipe uses fresh steamed lobster that I purchased at my local grocery store ( very convenient I might add,  as they steam it right there in the store for you).   You could also use canned lobster for this recipe, but I found that using just one chicken lobster yields about 1/2 cup of lobster meat which works perfectly for two ramekin sized servings.   I also used Old Bay Seasoning which adds a unique New England flair.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 small chicken lobster or 1/2 cup lobster meat
  2. 1 cup Celletani pasta  
  3. 1 tsp butter 1 tsp minced onion 
  4. 1 tsp minced garlic 
  5. ⅓ cup light cream
  6.  ⅓ cup milk 
  7. ½ shredded Fontina 
  8. ¼ cup cheddar 
  9. 1 tsp parmesan cheese 
  10. pinch of salt 
  11. pinch of Pepper (preferably white pepper)
  12. pinch of parsley flakes

Breadcrumb Topping

  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs pinch of parsley 1 tsp melted butter

Putting It All Together:

Preheat oven to Bake 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove lobster meat from shell and set aside
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  • Preheat oven to Bake 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove lobster meat from shell and set aside
In a small saucepan melt 1 tsp butter
Add onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute
Add milk and cream and cook 2 minutes or until heated ( do not boil).
In a small saucepan melt 1 tsp butterAdd onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute
Add milk and cream and cook 2 minutes or until heated ( do not boil).
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  • In a medium saucepan boil water for pasta.
  • In a small saucepan melt 1 tsp butter
  • Add onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute
  • Add milk and cream and cook 2 minutes or until heated ( do not boil).
  • In a small saucepan melt 1 tsp butterAdd onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute
  • Add milk and cream and cook 2 minutes or until heated ( do not boil).
Add cheese and stir until melted
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  • Add cheese and stir until melted
Stir in lobster meat, Old Bay seasoning, and salt & pepper. Keep warm.
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  • Stir in lobster meat, Old Bay seasoning, and salt & pepper. Keep warm.
Add pasta to boiling water and cook until tender
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  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook until tender
Drain pasta well and separate into 2, 4-inch ramekin dishes.
Pour 1/2 of the cream mixture over pasta in each of the dishes.
Mix breadcrumb topping ingredients and sprinkle over lobster mac and cheese. 
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly.
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  • Drain pasta well and separate into 2, 4-inch ramekin dishes.
  • Pour 1/2 of the cream mixture over pasta in each of the dishes.
  • Mix breadcrumb topping ingredients and sprinkle over lobster mac and cheese.
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly.
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