Lobsta! or…Langostino that tastes ridiculously similar to lobster…inside your favorite comfort food. yum. Who would’ve thought that this could be so frugal? Thanks, Ina!
Good salt (we used sea salt) $free (ish)
Vegetable oil $0.20
1 1/2 cup pasta (choose your favorite shape!) $0.15
1/4 cup milk $0.05
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided $0.06
1/8 cup all-purpose flour $0.02
3 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated $1.50
2 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups) $1.00
freshly ground black pepper to taste $free (ish)
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg $0.05
12-ish cooked langostino tails* $2.25
1/4 cups fresh bread crumbs $0.25
Total Cost: $5.53
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Drizzle a touch of oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. In a large pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Still whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, a little salt, some pepper, and the nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and langostino tails and stir well. Place the mixture in a baking dish.
Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter, combine with the bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.
*Langostino are itty bitty little things that look like mini lobster tails and taste, in our opinion, a whole lot like the real deal….langostino. You can get them, for an incredibly good price, at Trader Joe’s. We LOVE that place.