Lobster Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Baked lobster mac and cheese recipe via abeautifulmess.comDo you have a celebration restaurant? You know, where you go to celebrate birthdays or big milestones? We have a spot downtown where we go to celebrate. I guess it would fall under the category of upscale dining, which we don’t have a ton of in our little city. I think the fact that it is a fancy restaurant makes it all the more special.

Best lobster mac and cheese recipe abeautifulmess.comOur spot has awesome appetizers and drinks. But when it comes to the main course, steaks are kind of the thing to get there. I’m not really a steak person. So more often than not I order their lobster macaroni and cheese. I’ll admit, this does sound like a kid menu choice for a fancy restaurant. But judge not, because it is awesome! We are big fans of baked macaroni around our house, so I figured I’d start working on my own version of this celebration meal. I added crackers shaped like lobsters. It just felt right.

Lobster crackersFor the lobster crackers I used my usual cheese cracker recipe and added (a lot of) red food coloring. I got a lobster cookie cutter here. You can totally make these a day or two ahead and just store in an airtight container until you make the mac and cheese.

How to make baked macaroni and cheeseLobster Baked Macaroni & Cheese, serves 4-6

8 oz. uncooked macaroni noodles
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 cups milk
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
8 oz (imitation) lobster meat

First, cook the noodles in boiling salted water until al dente, meaning they are still a little uncooked in the centers. Drain and set aside.

Baked lobster mac and cheeseIn a large, pot melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and mustard, so a smooth paste forms (this is called a roux). Season with cayenne, salt and pepper and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes stirring constantly. Now, stir in the milk, onion and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring so the roux infuses with the milk. Now stir in 2/3 of the cheese (reserving the rest for the tops before baking). Last, stir in the cooked noodles and lobster meat and stir so everything gets coated.

Pour mixture into your baking dish(es). The mixture should be quite soupy. It will become more solid as it bakes. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese, then the bread crumbs. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Add the crackers to the tops during the last 2-3 minutes of baking, so they can get warm and crispy again before serving.

Easy lobster mac and cheese abeautifulmess.comAnd yes, I agree, the lobster crackers are pretty funny. Just try serving this without getting your guests to crack a smile. Food that is both delicious and fun is a total win in my book. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • Oh yummmy! Looks delicous and I love lobster! Nom!

    Lulu xx

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  • This looks absolutely delicious. I would love to see something like this on my dining room furniture in Vermont some time soon. http://bucksfurniture.com

  • Ha, those lobster crackers are so silly. Love them. I order lobster mac and cheese if we go to fancy-pants steakhouses, too. I don’t think of it as kids menu food at all! Lobster IS fancy, right?

  • Emma, this is a fantastic idea! My son is sitting on my lap as we speak, saying, “Mama, can WE make red colored lobster crackers?!” This has just made my list of things to do this week. Thank you! 🙂

  • These are so cute!!! Fab idea, this could become a new house favourite 🙂

    Lucy xo | We Resolve Blog

  • That’s my fave dish at one of my most favorite celebration restaurants! Excited for a recipe to try!

  • Lobster mac and cheese is one of my all-time favorites. I will definitely have to give this a try. The crackers are adorable. love it.

  • hi Emma,
    I’m not the best cook but this recipe really is something I feel I could do if i have guests over- it seems manageable and the lobsters are so fun! I have one question, after stirring the cheese in you say to ‘reserve some of the tops’ – what does that mean? XO Edel

  • I’m not a fan of lobster, but this looks really interesting!

    Carina
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  • This is such an amazing and creative idea! besides looking delicious it is totally eye-catching and festive . Love it!
    Jen & Kelly
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  • Oh my god! What?! Those are amazing! I love it! Lobster crackers?! Dude. You guys win at crafts.

  • This sounds delicious, I wonder if I could manage to not mess it up!
    Lauren
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  • This looks like such a fun meal! I’ll have to plan a night to make this this winter 🙂

  • Are you talking about Flame!?! Love that place! we go there for our anniversary dinners. My fiance will freak out when i make this! Yum Yum!

  • Yum! This makes me hate that I’m dieting right now. Love me some cheese!!

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  • You had me at hello! I am personally not a fan of lobster mac and cheese- but I have many in my family that are, and this would be a great meal for them! Thanks for sharing!

  • This is seriously the cutest thing ever! There’s so many spins you could add to this depending on the occasion!

  • This look so delicious and cute! I just grilled some lobsters since they are in season and so cheap with Italian herbs, butter and garlic. Delish!
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  • Wow, these are awesome! I’ve been wanting an excuse to buy little personal sized baking dishes because I think they are adorable. Plus I love Mac and Cheese. I think the crackers make this dish, it really makes the whole thing pop and look unique. I may serve this the next time my in-laws come over for dinner.

  • What a great idea! Perfect for a birthday party! Or just your typical Monday night! 🙂 Love it.

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  • This looks absolutely delicious! I must try this soon 🙂 And the crackers are a great, unique touch. Thank for the great recipe ladies!
    -Iva

  • Not only does this sound delicious, but they look oh-so cute!

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  • I’m not a huge seafood fan, but those crackers are KILLING ME. I may never see something as cute again.

  • My first thought…another mac and cheese recipe? Then I saw the Lobsters on top! ha! SOOOO CUTE! Way to elevate an otherwise boring recipe!

  • this is beyond adorable and of course, sounds delicious!

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  • whoa, yes please! amazing! you go, emma! way to make dinner creative and fun!
    xx

  • This look very delicious!!!! <3
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  • Looks very fun !

    XX Luba

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  • So cute!!!! I need some lobster in my life!! This would be awesome with some champaigne…but what isn’t??

  • So cute!!!! I need some lobster in my life!! This would be awesome with some champaigne…but what isn’t??

  • Love this! Where did you find lobster looking crackers?
    Carlee
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  • That looks so fun and yummy!!!

    Plus: you don’t have to kill real lobsters 🙂

    Love from Germany,
    Bambi

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  • Such a fun meal with those lobster crackers, would be so fun to eat them :). And this looks delicious, as always 🙂
    x

  • mmm this looks delicious and fairly easy – a great meal for a student who’s just moved out! (hint: it’s me)

  • I love the crackers! Makes this so fun! I will have to try this recipe sometime. Thanks for sharing.

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