Back on September 17, 2010 (http://marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com/2010/09/falkner-winery-guests-in-garden.html) I interviewed Angel, the restaurant manager, and Chef Gianni of the Pinnacle Restaurant at the Falkner Winery. During the course of that interview I tried to wheedle out the recipe for their Lobster Mac & Cheese recipe. A few years ago when my husband and I visited the restaurant it was the entree I had and I fell in love with it.
Make a long story short neither of these gentlemen were going to part with their secret recipe. So I created my own. To be honest it's been too long to compare, but my recipe turned out excellent and now I have a good excuse to try it the next time I'm in Temecula again.
I'll share it with you now:
Penne & Lobster - 4 Servings (approx. 1.5 cups)
1 cup steamed lobster tail crumbled (approx. 3 tails)
10 oz. Penne Regate (Ronzoni Smart taste)
1/2 cup Asiago Cheese grated
1/2 cup Romano Cheese grated
1/2 cup Provolone Cheese grated
1/2 cup Low Fat Ricotta Cheese
3/4 cup Fat Free Half n Half
1 Tbsp. Butter
2 Cloves Garlic finally chopped
1/2 tsp. Basil
1/2 tsp Celery Seed
1/2 tsp. Sage
1/2 tsp Marjoram
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Tarragon
1/2 tsp. Thyme
Steam lobster tails, let cool and shell and break into bits and put in the fridge. Mix all the grated cheese together in bowl. In crock-pot (on high) add butter, ricotta and chopped garlic whip until smooth. Add about 1/4 of the grated cheese, then add 1/4 cup Half n half whip until smooth, continue alternating until all together. Mix all the spices in a bowl then add to cheese mixture. Turn crock pot to low and cook for 1 hour stirring occasionally. Add the lobster to cheese mixture while Pasta is cooking. Cook pasta until done, then add to cheese mixture and mix thoroughly and serve with a side salad. A nice Spanish red wine compliments it nicely.
Unfortunately, this is not one of my lower calorie dishes, but it's well worth it when you want to reward yourself with a calorie splurge.
Per Serving - Calories 662, Total Fat 30g, Saturated Fat 18g, Cholesterol 112 mg, Sodium 1182 mg, Total Carbohydrates 64g, Dietary Fiber 10g, Sugar 7g, Protein 41g. Vitamin A 12%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 81% and Iron 17%
Let me know if you try it, how you like it.