Tender, sweet chunks of lobster tossed with a creamy sharp cheddar and nutty Gruyere sauce and pasta shells and topped with more cheese plus white cheddar lentil chips. A rich, luxurious and comforting dish that’s perfect for savoring with family or friends.
12ouncessharp Cheddar cheesefreshly grated (do not use store bought pre-grated), save 1/4 of the cheese for topping
7ouncesGruyere cheesefreshly grated, save 1/4 of the cheese for topping
31 1/4 lb lobsters, cooked, meat plucked and chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil a large pot of salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package, until barely al dente, about 12 minutes. Drain and pour into a 9x9 baking dish and set aside.
In the same large pot you used to boil the pasta, melt the butter over medium low heat. Add the minced shallot and sauté 2-3 minutes until softened and fragrant. Add the finely crushed chips and sauté another minute. Stir in the milk slowly, constantly whisking over medium low heat until milk is steaming, but not boiling. Remove milk from heat and add garlic salt and pepper. Small handful by handful, whisk the cheese into the milk, until you have roughly ¼ of the cheese remaining (you’ll add that to the top of the dish later). Continue whisking until cheese sauce is smooth and has no clumps.
Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta. Stir in the lobster meat. Top with remaining cheese and roughly crushed chips.
Place baking dish into the oven for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and topping is lightly browned.
Remove from oven. Serve with a green salad tossed in a citrus or balsamic vinaigrette.
*Use a food processor to pulse the chips into both a fine crumb (for the cheese sauce) and a rough crumb (for the topping).