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This lobster mac and cheese recipe debunks the myth that seafood and cheese don't belong together—in fact, they're absolutely delicious. Sweet, fresh lobster meat marries well with the zesty Cheddar and mellow Gruyère, while the subtle heat of Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper cut through the richness of the dish. Any pasta shape works here, but corkscrews are our favorite for holding the warm, velvety sauce inside. Between the tender, cheesy noodles and the crisp, buttery crumb topping, this lobster mac and cheese recipe offers the flavors and textures of the perfect comfort food.

Recipe by Coastal Living October 2010


Credit: Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford

Recipe Summary

15 mins
50 mins
1 hr 5 mins
8 servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pasta until al dente according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again.

  • Place 4 tablespoons melted butter in a saucepot over medium-low heat. Add garlic and onion; cook 5 minutes or until onion is softened. Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute. Pour in milk; bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 3 minutes or until sauce is smooth and thickened.

  • Remove from heat, and whisk in cheeses and next 3 ingredients. Stir in 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Fold in pasta and lobster. Pour into a greased 3-quart baking dish.

  • Combine crushed crackers and remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Stir in remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until crust is crisp and sauce bubbles. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.