Pumpkin Lobster Mac and Cheese

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One Halloween I decided to try out a macaroni and cheese recipe using pumpkin, and it turned out to be a huge hit. The combination of the cheeses and the pumpkin made it so very rich and creamy. The next time I decided to make this dish I added some cooked lobster I had left over, and from there I just fell in love. I have had lobster macaroni and cheese dishes before, but never anything like this. All of this may sound strange and unusual but once you try this dish you will never get it out of your head. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with fresh bread or dinner rolls.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) package uncooked shell pasta

  • 2 tablespoons margarine

  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) container mascarpone cheese

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste

  • 1 pinch paprika, or to taste

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg, or to taste

  • 2 dashes hot sauce, or to taste

  • 1 pound cooked lobster tails, peeled and chopped

  • 1 (12 ounce) package green peas, thawed if frozen

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook pasta shells at a boil until tender but still slightly firm, about 10 minutes; drain and set aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

  4. Melt 2 tablespoons margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir shallot in melted margarine until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

  5. Whisk flour into margarine and shallots to form a smooth paste.

  6. Slowly whisk evaporated milk into flour mixture until it forms a smooth sauce; simmer until thickened, 2 to 4 minutes.

  7. Whisk shredded Cheddar cheese and mascarpone cheese into sauce until cheeses have melted, about 5 minutes.

  8. Stir pumpkin puree, lemon zest, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, nutmeg, and hot sauce into the sauce until combined.

  9. Lightly mix in lobster tail meat, green peas, and cooked pasta shells until heated through, about 5 minutes.

  10. Pour pasta mixture into prepared casserole dish; top with panko crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of melted margarine over the casserole.

  11. Bake in the preheated oven until topping is brown and crisp, 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

427 Calories
24g Fat
34g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 427
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 493mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 7mg 36%
Calcium 310mg 24%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 392mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.