Lobster Macaroni and CheeseIngredients
1 pound penne pasta
2 small shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white wine
4 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
2 cups shredded sharp white Cheddar
2 cups shredded Gruyere
2 (8-ounce) raw lobster tails, defrosted if frozen, meat removed from shell, chopped
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley leaves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and adjust racks to the middle. Grease a 13 by 9-inch baking pan with butter.
- In a large pot of boiling salted water over medium heat, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside.
- Add 4 tablespoons of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once butter shimmers, add the shallots and garlic and saute until translucent. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the tomato paste and flour and stir to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Add the white wine and halving, approximately 2 minutes. Gradually add the cream, beating well to remove lumps. Add the paprika, pepper and bay leaf. Bring the cream to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Let reduce until the cream is thick and may cover a spoon, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. When thickened, remove the bay leaves.
- Add the grated cheese, a handful at a time, combining well after each addition. Add the chopped lobster meat to the sauce and mix well. Add pasta and stir. Add to greased baking sheet and sprinkle with panko crumbs and parsley. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley individual portions.