Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese – An Adult Take on a Childhood Classic

We love lobster and we love cheese, so having lobster mac ‘n’ cheese was an obvious choice for us to make. We have had it served in different restaurants during our travels, including during our visit to the England. It is easy to make, but with most meals, the fresher the ingredients, the better. In today’s global world, it is possible to get many things delivered overnight and that is true for getting fresh lobster as well. Despite the simplicity of the dish, it is certainly something that can be served for a more formal meal. You can cook it in a baking dish, but we chose to bake it individual bowls to make serving it that much easier. Not only was it super delicious that night for dinner, it was just as wonderful as leftovers the following day.

Fresh Lobster


  • 1 lb Cooked Lobster Meat – cut into bite size chunks
  • 2/3 lb Elbow Macaroni – cooked slightly al dente and drained
  • 22 oz Heavy Cream
  • 8 oz Milk
  • 6 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 8 oz Gruyere Cheese – shredded
  • 6 oz Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese – shredded
  • 2/3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/3 tsp Nutmeg – grated
  • 1 cup Panko or Bread Crumbs
  • Salt to taste
Gruyere and Cheddar Cheeses


In a large pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat, add the flour and whisk to create a roux. Heat the cream and milk in a microwave until hot, but not to a boil. Slowly add the cream and milk while continuing to whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat and add the gruyere and cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in the macaroni and lobster until everything is evenly coded in the cheese sauce. Add to oven-safe, individual bowls that have been sprayed with cooking spray for easier cleanup (or baking dish). Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and mix with the panko. Evenly cover each of the bowls with the panko mix and then place them in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and the panko is evenly browned.

Everything Mixed Together
Individual Bubbly and Browned
Digging In to the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese

The Food of Scottsdale

The number of restaurants in the Scottsdale area is almost overwhelming. Since it is a resort area there are options to suit any food craving or dining style from formal to casual. When visiting Arizona, having some authentic Mexican food, or even just some southwestern food, is a must. There are also plenty of outdoor patio options, but during the summer heat, most people stayed indoors. There are also several brewery options that offer good pub food with a variety of local beers that were perfect on a hot afternoon, although not as many options as we have in Colorado.

Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Chili Relleno

Picante Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage

Mussels in White Wine Sauce

We should have known that this trip was going to be full of good food when we arrived at our resort on Saturday night to find out that the restaurant was offering a prime rib special. Two prime rib dinners, starter salads, and a bottle of wine for $40 and the prime rib was cooked to perfection. We almost always share a single dinner, so it was way too much food for the two of us, but it was too good of a deal to pass on.

Prime Rib Dinner with Corn and Potatoes

Sautéed Green Beans

Chili Pork Verde

We definitely took advantage of the many Mexican restaurants that are in the area. From a traditional pork carnitas burrito served enchilada style with fresh ingredients to a half of chicken with oregano, lime, and aji rocoto that was spicy, but delicious. We also had a wonderful pork and green chili queso and crab and shrimp stuffed chili rellenos. We love good Mexican food and we certainly were not disappointed with what we had in Scottsdale.

Carnitas Burrito Served Enchilada Style

Roasted Chicken

Guacamole Variation

Obviously, we had more than just Mexican food over the seven days that we spent in Scottsdale. One of the things that we found interesting was that almost every menu had some variation of macaroni and cheese on it, some with meat, some without, so we had to try one of each during the week. Another interesting treat were the pork wings appetizer that were bone-in pork shanks with a spicy barbeque sauce. We also had some salmon cakes and an interesting devilish egg dip as appetizers and really unique burger.

Devilish Egg Dip


Pork Wings

We definitely enjoyed the food that we ate while we were in Scottsdale. Clearly, with all of the restaurant choices available, you can spend quite a while in Scottsdale and never eat at the same place twice, but some of them are so good that you just have to go back again and again. Perhaps we will revisit Scottsdale in the fall at some point so that we can eat our way through more of the many choices.

Local Beers on Tap

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Salmon Cakes

Cold Local Beer