Florida Spiny Lobster Tomato Mac and Cheese

Florida Spiny Lobster Tomato Mac and Cheese



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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).


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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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