Lobster Mac and Cheese

Amazing Canadian lobster is the star of this show. But the ensemble cast, including 3 kinds of cheese, white wine, and savoury seasonings, will all have you on your feet and cheering for more. Think of it as gourmet comfort food for the whole family.

  • Prep time: 15–20 minutes

  • Cook time: 20–25 minutes

  • Primary ingredient: Lobster

  • Serves: 6 servings

  • Find more: 4-6, Dinner, 6-8

  • Also good with: Crab


  • 1 can (320 g) canned minced lobster meat
  • 150 g (0.33 lb) Canadian lobster, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • ½ cup (125 g) butter, divided
  • 1 leek chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stalk celery finely chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp black pepper, preferably freshly ground
  • ¼ cup (63 ml) white wine
  • 3 tbsp (22 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups (750 ml) 18% table cream
  • 1 cup (250 ml) fish stock
  • 1½ cups (337 g) shredded gruyere, divided
  • 1½ cups (337 g) shredded white cheddar, divided
  • 1 cup (84 g) panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup (90 g) Parmesan Reggiano, grated
  • 7 cups (1.4 kg) cooked medium shell pasta noodles
  • Garnish:
  • ½ tbsp parsley, finely chopped


To Prepare

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).

  2. In a large saucepan, melt ¼ cup butter over medium/low heat. Add leeks, garlic, celery, thyme, nutmeg and pepper and sweat until translucent. Add wine and let cook until most of the liquid evaporates.

  3. Add flour and mix, letting roux cook for a couple of minutes. Add cream and stock and mix well. Bring to a simmer while whisking often. Let simmer until thickened slightly and sauce coats the back of a spoon.

  4. Add in 1 cup each of gruyere and cheddar, mixing until melted. Add minced lobster meat and mix to incorporate and heat through.

For the Topping

  1. Mix Parmesan with panko bread crumbs. Melt the remaining ¼ cup of butter and slowly add it to the Parmesan panko mixture, mixing well.

To Assemble

  1. In a large mixing bowl, pasta and sauce, mixing to coat. Add half of the mixture to a 4-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with the Canadian lobster chunks and the remaining ½ cup of gruyere and ½ cup of cheddar. Add remaining pasta mixture and top with panko topping.

  2. Bake in oven for 20–25 minutes or until bubbling and top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

  3. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Chef's Tips

  • You can substitute crab meat for the lobster.
  • Use 2 tbsp water mixed with 2 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to replace the white wine OR replace it with more stock.
  • Elbow pasta or any short pasta (fusilli, ziti, or rigatoni) can be used instead of the shell pasta.
Species Icons White Lobster

Health Benefits of Lobster

  • Immune & Skin Health: Canadian lobster is an excellent source of zinc, vital for maintaining normal skin and bolstering the immune system's regular function.
  • Bone Strength & Muscle Function: As a source of calcium and magnesium, lobster may support the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth while ensuring normal muscle functionality.
  • Low in Saturated Fats: Lobster contains just 1/10th of the saturated fats of white turkey meat, making it one of the best proteins for people seeking to lower their fat intake.