Lobster Truffle Mac And Cheese

We usually focus on eating healthy during the week so when the weekend is near we start planning what decadent and scrumptious meal we will devour. And what would be better than a delicious Mac and cheese? Well, an extra delicious truffle Gouda and Lobster mac and cheese!

Impress your friends at your next lunch or brunch gathering with this delicious recipe that takes everyone’s favorite comfort food and elevates it.

Ingredients

1 box of your favorite pasta (macaroni or similar preferably)

1/2 cup of shredded truffle Gouda cheese (we use a great one from Whole Foods)

1 1/2 cups lobster meat (fresh or you can find good frozen lobster meat at your grocery store)

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 sour cream

1/2 breadcrumbs

*Bechamel sauce – 1 1/4 warm milk, 2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp flour. – on medium heat cook butter and flour continuously whisking for 5 minutes. Add warm milk and whisk until You combined and has a creamy consistency. You can double or triple the bechamel sauce according to the amount of pasta.

Directions

Cook pasta as per box directions

Add the sour cream, lobster chunks, heavy cream and shredded cheese to the bechamel sauce. Whisk all ingredients together until combined into the most decadent cheese sauce!

In the same pot where you cooked the pasta and after draining the water mix the cheese sauce and pasta until uniformly mixed.

Pour into the baking dish. Add extra cheese and bread crumbs on top.

Bake for 20 minutes at 375 until golden brown.

Serve and enjoy!

Okonomiyaki Pasta

Okonomiyaki is a delicious Japanese savory pancake and one of my favorite snacks. Full of delicious, cabbage, bacon and sometimes octopus or squid. I decided to bring all those flavors into a fun pasta dish that will definitely excite your taste buds and would be a great addition to your dinner options!

Ingredients

2 cups of roughly chopped cabbage

1 pack of thick cut bacon cut into one inch pieces

1 bunch green onion

1 box of bucatini pasta

1 cup of frozen squid or octopus pieces

Japanese Mayo (kewpie)

Okonomi Sauce

Bonito Flakes

Directions

In a non stick pan cook bacon until crispy and set aside.

In the same pan (empty excess bacon fat and leave around half a cup) sauté octopus or squid until cooked throughout. Add cabbage and cook until cabbage cooks and browns. About 2 minutes.

Boil pasta per box instructions. I prefer 7 minutes with bucatini for the perfect al dente pasta.

Once pasta is drained, add half a cup of the okono sauce, squid, bacon and cabbage. Mix throughout.

Serve in a bowl and top with a drizzle of kewpie mayo, okono sauce and chopped green onion. If you have furikake in your pantry (as you should) sprinkle some on top as well for an extra layer of delicious umami flavor! Enjoy!

Lemon Butter Mushroom Pasta

Growing up I hated mushrooms but I have learned to appreciate them as an adult and Im absolutely obsessed now. This mushroom recipe with a mustard butter sauce and the brightness of fresh lemon juice will become one of your favorite easy “go to” recipes to impress friends.

Ingredients

3 cups of your favorite mushrooms (sliced). *I used a mix of shiitake, baby bella and oyster mushrooms.

3 tbsp butter

4 large finely chopped garlic cloves

Olive Oil

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

Salt

Pepper

Chopped Fresh Parsley

1 large lemon

Directions

In a medium heat large pan add butter, garlic and olive oil. Stir until garlic starts to get translucent but without burning. If you see garlic starting to brown lower heat to avoid garlic getting bitter.

Add mushrooms to pan and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or u til mushrooms start browning and getting tender.

In a small bowl whisk together lemon juice and Dijon mustard. Pour into the pan and mix together with mushrooms.

Boil your favorite pasta per packaging instructions. Drain and mix in a large bowl with mushrooms lemon sauce.

Add fresh parsley right before serving along with your favorite parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Japanese Mentaiko Pasta

Mentaiko is a popular late night “drunk” food in Japan consisting mainly of roe, noodles and butter. In our version we added a couple of extra toppings to make it extra special and to give it more layers of flavor. Also by adding crispy quinoa to the dish you’ll get a delicious crunch with every bite that goes perfectly with the creaminess of this delicious dish.

Ingredients

1 5oz packet of defrosted spicy pollack row – You can find this at your local asian market. (Also you can use plain pollack roe but it won’t have as much flavor.)

1 lb box of pasta noodle: spaghetti, linguini, ramen or bucatini. *We prefer the bucatini which is a hollow spaghetti and holds more of the sauce.

4 large shiso leaves – You can find them at your local asian market.

6 tbsp Unsalted Butter

1 tbs Soy Sauce

Toppings

In general the above list of ingredients are the classic recipe. But why not make it your own with your favorite toppings?! Below are some of our favorites.

Green Onion

Crispy Quinoa – *Recipe Below

Soft Boiled Egg

Pickled Radishes

Nori

Sautéed Mushrooms

Salmon Roe

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.

2. While waiting for the water to boil. In a separate small pan melt butter on medium/high heat and cook until slightly brown. Remove from heat.

3. Remove pollack roe lobes from the package. Cut each lobe in half and squeeze out the pollack roe into a large bowl (Use bowl large enough to mix pasta in). Add soy sauce to roe.

4. Add melted brown butter to the roe.

5. Once water is boiling add pasta and cook to preference or package recommended time for “al dente”.

6. With a pair of tongs transfer pasta to the bowl of roe and butter mixture. Add a 1/4 to 1/3 cup of pasta water to help create the sauce. Mix pasta and sauce until all combined.

Serve in a bowl and top with your favorite toppings! Eat up!

*Crispy Quinoa

For the crispy quinoa its best to use cooked quinoa that has been cooled in the fridge for six to eight hours. This allows for some of the moisture to evaporate.

Ingredients

1 cup Quinoa

2 cups water

2 tbs melted butter

Directions

Cook 1 cup of quinoa per package instructions. Place in fridge for six hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a bowl mix the quinoa with the melted butter.

On a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper spread quinoa evenly and place in the oven for five minutes. Check occasionally and mix quinoa to make sure doesn’t burn and gets evenly toasted. Re-spread and cook for another three minutes until evenly toasted. Remove and let cool.