Made this for my last cooking class – came out totally awesome.  Don’t be afraid by the volume of the fresh herbs – they blend in with the finished flavor really well.


Elegant Lobster Mac and Cheese with Black Truffle Oil
10
oz
cheddar
8
1/2
oz
cup
gruyere
Mixed shredded mexican style cheese
2 1/2
cups
half and half
1/2
onion diced
2
cloves
garlic diced
3
Tbs
flour
1
Tbs
black truffle oil ( to taste
1
lb
pasta of your choice
15
oz
frozen lobster meat
1
Tbs
chopped tarragon
1/4
cup
chopped chives
1/4
cup
chopped basil
15
cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2
cup
panko bread crumbs
4
tbs
butter
Pre heat the oven to 400. Thaw the lobster. Chop the herbs all together and quarter the cherry tomatoes. Shred up the cheese. Take about a tablespoon of butter and sauté the onions in it. After 5 minutes or so, add the garlic. Remove to a separate bowl. Add 3 more tablespoons of butter and as it is melting, add the flour. Whisk it in and keep it moving, scraping the bottom. Get out all the lumps so it is a smooth mixture. Cook over low heat, constantly stirring for a couple of  minutes. Slowly add the half and half. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan and whisk everything to keep it smooth. When the milk is almost boiling, lower heat to low, and slowly add the cheese in handfuls and make sure it is fully incorporated before adding the next, whisking constantly. When all the cheese is in, add the truffle. oil. Meanwhile, cook the pasta till it is almost completely cooked, but not quite – about 8 minutes. Mix breadcrumbs with some melted butter – about a tbs. Mix the pasta with the sauce, lobster, tomatoes, and herbs, and place into a 400 degree oven for about 8 – 10 until mixture is bubbling.  Finally, broil until breadcrumbs are brown, about 3 minutes.  Let stand for about 10 minutes to set, then serve.
Servings: 8
Degree of Difficulty
Degree of Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Oven Temperature: 400°F
Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 12 minutes
Inactive Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Pasta, Seafood