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Lobster Mac and Cheese: The Ultimate Leftover Remix

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Lobster

Lobster night was a hit, but you’re left with a container of delicious lobster meat staring you down. Don’t you dare reheat it and feel defeated! Tonight, we’re transforming those leftovers into something truly decadent: Creamy Lobster Mac and Cheese.

This dish is the epitome of comfort food, but with a touch of luxury. The rich cheese sauce gets an infusion of lobster flavor, and the tender pasta cradles succulent chunks of seafood in every bite. It’s the perfect way to elevate leftovers and create a show-stopping meal that’s surprisingly easy to make.

Chopped leftover lobster is a fantastic choice for lobster mac and cheese for several reasons:

Flavor Boost: Lobster adds a luxurious, decadent touch to any dish. Its sweet, slightly briny flavor elevates the classic mac and cheese experience. Each bite becomes an explosion of cheesy goodness with pops of delicious lobster.

Texture Contrast: The chopped lobster adds a wonderful textural contrast to the creamy mac and cheese. The tender, succulent lobster pieces break up the smooth texture of the pasta and cheese sauce, creating an interesting and satisfying mouthfeel.

Versatility: Leftover lobster can be chopped into different sizes depending on your preference. Smaller pieces disperse more evenly throughout the dish, offering lobster in every bite. Larger pieces create a luxurious feel, allowing you to savor the lobster flavor in concentrated bursts.

Reduced Cost: Lobster is a premium ingredient, so using leftovers allows you to stretch your budget further. By incorporating leftover lobster into mac and cheese, you transform a simple dish into something truly special without breaking the bank.

Waste Reduction: Repurposing leftover lobster is a great way to combat food waste. Instead of throwing it away, you breathe new life into it, creating a delicious and creative dish.

Easy to Use: Chopped lobster is incredibly versatile and can be easily incorporated into the mac and cheese without any additional preparation steps. Simply throw it in with the other ingredients and let the flavors meld together.

In short, chopped leftover lobster adds a touch of luxury, delightful texture, and delicious flavor to your mac and cheese. It’s also budget-friendly and reduces food waste — a win-win for any home cook!

Lobster meat

How to choose the right pasta noodles for Lobster Mac and Cheese

Choosing the right pasta for your sauce is all about creating a harmonious combination of texture and flavor. Here’s a breakdown to help you pick the perfect partner for your sauce:

Matching Pasta Shape to Sauce:

  • Thick and Chunky Sauces: These sauces, like ragù or meaty chili, need a pasta shape that can hold its own. Think tubes, spirals, and shells with ridges or curves. Examples include penne, rigatoni, fusilli, orecchiette, and conchiglie. These shapes can trap the chunky bits of sauce for a satisfying bite.
  • Light and Creamy Sauces: Delicate sauces like pesto or Alfredo pair well with thin, smooth pasta strands. These won’t weigh down the sauce and allow it to coat each bite evenly. Examples include spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine, and capellini (angel hair).
  • Seafood Sauces: Similar to light sauces, seafood dishes often have a lighter, oil-based sauce. Thin to medium-width pasta works best here. Think linguine, thin spaghetti, or bucatini (a thicker spaghetti with a hole running through the center). These shapes allow the delicate flavors of the seafood to shine.

Beyond Shape: Size and Thickness

  • Wide vs. Thin Noodles: Wider noodles, like pappardelle or tagliatelle, can handle richer, bolder sauces. Thinner noodles, like vermicelli or orzo, are better suited for light broths or simple sauces.
  • Fresh vs. Dried Pasta: Fresh pasta has a softer texture and cooks faster than dried pasta. It’s often paired with lighter sauces that won’t overcook the delicate noodles. Dried pasta has a firmer texture and holds its shape better in heavier sauces.

Remember: These are general guidelines, and feel free to experiment! Sometimes, the unexpected combination of pasta and sauce can be a delightful surprise.

Here are some additional factors to consider:

  • Cooking Time: Match the cooking time of your pasta to your sauce. If the sauce takes longer to prepare, choose a pasta that cooks in a similar timeframe.
  • Personal Preference: Do you love twirling long spaghetti or enjoy the bite-sized pockets of penne? Ultimately, the best pasta is the one you enjoy the most!
pasta for mac and cheese and Lobster

Here’s what you’ll need for the lobster mac and cheese recipe:

  • Lobster meat: Leftovers are perfect! Roughly chop or shred it, depending on your preference.
  • Pasta: Choose a shape that will hold the creamy sauce well, like cavatappi, shells, or elbow macaroni.
  • Cheese: A blend is key for the ultimate flavor and texture. Sharp cheddar offers a tangy bite, Gruyere adds a touch of nuttiness, and Parmesan provides a salty richness.
  • Creamy base: Milk and butter are the foundation, but feel free to add a splash of heavy cream for extra indulgence.
  • Seasonings: A touch of onion powder, dry mustard, and paprika will add depth, while Old Bay seasoning brings a hint of seafood magic.

Bringing it all together:

  1. Cook your pasta according to package instructions.
  2. While the pasta boils, whip up the cheese sauce. Melt butter, whisk in flour, and cook briefly to create a roux. Slowly whisk in milk and cream, letting it thicken. Remove from heat and stir in your cheese blend until melted and smooth. Season to taste.
  3. Combine the cooked pasta with the luscious cheese sauce and most of the lobster. Toss gently to coat everything evenly.
  4. Transfer the mac and cheese to a baking dish, sprinkle with the remaining lobster and some extra cheese for a golden brown crust. Bake until bubbly and heated through.

Tips and tricks for lobster mac and cheese:

  • For a touch of smokiness, add a pinch of smoked paprika to the cheese sauce.
  • Don’t overcook the lobster! It should be tender and flavorful, not rubbery.
  • Leftover mac and cheese reheats beautifully. Just be sure to add a splash of milk or cream to prevent dryness.
  • Feeling extra fancy? Top your mac and cheese with a sprinkle of fresh chives or parsley for a pop of color.
Creamy Mac and Cheese with Lobster

Noubess Seasoning Options:

  • Steak Seasoning: For a classic, garlicky, and slightly peppery flavor.
  • Jerk Seasoning: For a bold, Caribbean jerk kick with a hint of smokiness.
  • Cajun Seasoning: For a spicy, complex blend of cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic, and onion.
  • Adobo Seasoning: For a savory, slightly sweet, and smoky depth of flavor.
  • Garlic and Herb Seasoning: For a more herbaceous and aromatic twist.

This Creamy Lobster Mac and Cheese is a surefire way to impress your family and friends. It’s a dish that celebrates leftovers and transforms them into something truly special. So go forth, embrace your leftover lobster, and get ready to indulge in pure cheesy bliss!

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Lobster

Leftover Lobster Mac and Cheese

This recipe transforms leftover lobster into a creamy, decadent mac and cheese.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dishes, Side Dishes
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Servings 8
Calories 546 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 whole garlic clove crushed
  • 1 cup white onion finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk evaporated milk preferred
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup Dutch Gouda cheese shredded
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon NouBess Seasoning (choose your flavor adventure!)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 – 1 ½ cups cooked lobster meat roughly chopped or shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions. Drain well and set aside.
  • While the pasta boils, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add crushed garlic and onion, sautéing for 3 minutes or until translucent and tender, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  • In a separate saucepan, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to create a roux. Slowly whisk in the milk, stirring constantly until smooth.
  • Reduce heat to low and add the cream cheese, Gouda, Parmesan, NouBess Seasoning, and black pepper. Stir constantly until the cheese melts and the sauce thickens slightly.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked macaroni, cheese sauce, and most of the chopped lobster. Toss gently to coat everything evenly.
  • Transfer the mac and cheese mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining lobster meat on top.
  • Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

Notes

  • Don’t overcook the lobster! It should be tender and flavorful.
  • For extra smokiness, add a pinch of smoked paprika to the cheese sauce.
  • Leftovers reheat beautifully. Add a splash of milk or cream to prevent dryness.
  • Garnish with fresh chives or parsley for a pop of color.
Noubess Seasoning Options:
    • Steak Seasoning: For a classic, garlicky, and slightly peppery flavor.
    • Jerk Seasoning: For a bold, Caribbean jerk kick with a hint of smokiness.
    • Cajun Seasoning: For a spicy, complex blend of cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic, and onion.
    • Adobo Seasoning: For a savory, slightly sweet, and smoky depth of flavor.
    • Garlic and Herb Seasoning: For a more herbaceous and aromatic twist.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 546kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 28gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 598mgPotassium: 457mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 792IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 425mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword Comfort foods, Creamy Lobster Mac and Cheese, Easy Weeknight Meal, Leftover Lobster Mac and Cheese, Lobster Pasta Bake, Seafood Mac and Cheese
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