Casserole/ Seafood/ Vegetarian

Lobster Mac and Cheese with Smoked Gouda

On the menu tonight – Lobster Mac and Cheese!

We’ve all made Mac and Cheese, right? So, this time, I wanted to make it special – like going to an expensive steak house special. So, I used smoked Gouda cheese and lobster as a nod to the lobster mac and cheese I always see when I’m out.

While I used smoked Gouda cheese, you could also use Gruyere or any other cheese you like. I think next time, I may use a mix of Smoked Gouda and Gruyere.

It comes together quickly, so have all your ingredients ready to go before you start cooking. When you start adding liquid to the roux, do it slowly and make sure you work out any lumps as you go. One other tip, take the time to toast the panko in butter. That extra crunch the panko brings is a great tasty texture.

I hope the next time you make mac and cheese, you try my version. It’s SO GOOD!

Lobster Mac and Cheese

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 8-10
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Lobster Mac and Cheese


  • 1 lb Pasta shells / elbow macaroni / Cavatappi - your choice
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 stick butter, divided
  • 4 cups cheese, grated - your choice of smoked Gouda, Gruyere, or good ole Velveeta (since it's Lobster mac and cheese, I went fancier on the cheese)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1/2 - 1 1/2 lbs lobster meat, cooked
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2-1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • Kosher salt to taste



Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to pkg instructions


Heat the milk in a small pot over low heat - don't let it burn


In a medium skillet, toast the Panko with 2 Tbsp of butter and set aside


In a large pan, melt 6 Tbsp of butter and add the flour for 2-3 minutes over medium heat


Slowly pour in the milk and whisk as you go. Work out any lumps as you go and whisk until the sauce thickens


Add in the grated cheese and continue stirring


Once the cheese is incorporated, cut the heat, and add in the pasta and lobster


Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper


Top with the toasted Panko


Bake until browned on top and the cheese is bubbly - about 30-40 minutes


Once finished, pull from the oven and let rest at least 5 minutes

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