Prep Time: 25 min.
Cook Time: 1 hr.
Yield: 6 - 8 servings
1 pound cavatappi, or use elbows or shells
6 tablespoons butter, divided
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 cans (12 oz each) evaporated milk (3 cups)
1 cup whole milk
4 cups fontina cheese, shredded
2 cup sharp white Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounce tub of mascarpone cheese
1½ cups fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1-2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 pound cooked Maine lobster meat, cut into bite size chunks
3 tablespoons butter
Turn the broiler on low.
Butter a 3-quart baking dish.
Put the macaroni in a large bowl and cover with water. Let the pasta soak for an hour, stirring occasionally; then drain it and use as follows. It will finish cooking in the sauce.
Add 3 tablespoons butter to a medium skillet and melt. Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds then add in the lobster meat and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Remove the lobster from the pan.
Put 4 tablespoons of butter, evaporated milk, salt, and cayenne in a 3-quart pot over medium heat. When the butter is melted and the milk is just steaming, slowly stir in the Cheddar and Fontina cheeses, a cup at a time until they are both incorporated and evenly melted. Then add the mascarpone cheese. Stir till it is evenly combined. When the sauce is made, stir in the soaked macaroni and cook over medium heat for 10 – 15 minutes.
Check the texture of the pasta, it should be el dente. The pasta will absorb some sauce and the mixture will thicken slightly.
Next, put half of the lobster pieces onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Pour the mixture on top the lobster and spread it out evenly. Place the remaining half of the lobster on top of the mixture and push the lobster pieces slightly in. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, lemon zest & Parmigiano cheese. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Mix the butter into the breadcrumbs and then sprinkle them over the pasta. Put the pan on the middle oven rack, centered under the broiler, and broil the pasta for 5 minutes. When the topping is golden brown, remove the pasta from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
MAINE RECIPES > MAINE DISHES > MAINE LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE
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DownEast comfort food – fresh Maine Lobster and Mac & Cheese– combined to create a gourmet twist on a classic dish that is bursting with flavor. This recipe makes a glorious Lobster Mac & Cheese Casserole that will have your family and guests swooning. Silky creamy cheese sauce, sweet lobster meat, tender pasta & homemade breadcrumbs conspire to being utterly decadent in this easy to make Maine classic.