Florida Spiny Lobster Tomato Mac and Cheese

Florida Spiny Lobster Tomato Mac and Cheese

Servings

4

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calorieskcal

Everyone’s favorite comfort food combined with a local favorite shellfish! You can customize this recipe by using your favorite cheese and any shape of pasta you’d like! Recipe is courtesy of Fresh from Florida (freshfromflorida.com). (Image courtesy of Fresh From Florida.)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Florida spiny lobster, cooked and cut into medium-sized chunks

  • 3 large Florida tomatoes, sliced

  • 1 lb. pasta, cooked (your favorite shape)

  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped fine

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups milk, at room temperature

  • 1-1/2 cups sharp Cheddar (or your favorite) cheese, grated

  • 1-1/2 cups Gruyere (or your favorite) cheese, grated

  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 cup fresh chives, chopped fine

  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

  • cup Panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1/4 cup flat parsley, chopped fine

  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Cook pasta until al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Place 4 tablespoons melted butter in a saucepot over medium-low heat; add garlic and onion and cook until onion is translucent.
  • Next, whisk in flour and cook for several minutes. Carefully pour in milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Continue to cook and whisk until sauce is smooth and thick enough to coat a spoon.
  • Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in cheese, a handful at a time. Season cheese sauce with mustard, chives, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper, to taste.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cheese sauce and cooked pasta, then fold in chopped lobster.
  • Lightly spray a baking dish with pan-release spray of your choice. Pour pasta mixture into baking dish. Arrange sliced tomatoes on top of the pasta mixture. In a small bowl, combine panko, olive oil and parsley and sprinkle over the tomatoes.
  • Bake in a preheated 375F-degree oven for about 10 to 20 minutes or until topping is crisp and cheese sauce is bubbly. Let cool slightly before serving.

Notes

  • Recipe can be found on Fresh from Florida’s website: https://www.followfreshfromflorida.com/recipes/florida-spiny-lobster-tomato-mac-cheese

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