Lobster Mac and Cheese Casserole


Lobster mac and cheese takes comfort food to the next level! Take thirty minutes and whip up your family's new favorite casserole. Crank up the decadence factor of creamy mac and cheese by stirring in the meat from an entire lobster tail!

Lobster Mac and Cheese Casserole
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 ½ cup dried whole wheat rigatoni or rotini (6 ounces)

  • 1 large lobster tail (8 to 10 ounces)

  • 2 cup small broccoli florets

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ¾ cup chopped red sweet pepper (1 medium)

  • cup chopped onion (1 small)

  • 1 6.5 ounce container light semisoft cheese with garlic and herb

  • 2 cup fat-free milk

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Italian-style cheese blend (4 ounces)

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • cup whole wheat or regular panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook pasta according to package directions, adding the lobster tail for the last 7 minutes of cooking and adding the broccoli for the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain and set aside. When lobster tail is cool enough to handle, remove the lobster meat from shell and coarsely chop the meat; discard shell.

  2. Meanwhile, coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium heat. Add sweet pepper and onion to skillet. Cook about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in semisoft cheese until melted.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together milk and flour until smooth. Add all at once to sweet pepper mixture in skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low. Stir in Italian-style cheese blend until melted. Stir in cooked pasta, broccoli, chopped lobster, lemon peel, and black pepper.

  4. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with panko. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through and top is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

322 Calories
10g Fat
35g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 322
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 402mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 52.6mg 263%
Calcium 313mg 24%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 385mg 8%
Folate, total 100.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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