What's Cooking This Week? Christmas Eve Lobster Mac & Cheese and Classic Minestrone

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Photo by Jessica Spangler
Lobster macaroni & cheese is just festive enough for the holiday.
I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my meal plan and grocery guide. This way, I can make the most of my ingredients and my leftovers.

Last week, a quick marinara was the base for Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi and Eggplant Rollatini. This week, crispy pancetta makes its way into a Dried Cherry Vinaigrette and Minestrone Soup.

Here's the rest of the plan:

  • Goat Cheese & Spinach Salad w/ Pancetta & Dried Cherry Vinaigrette
  • Feast of the Seven Fishes Lobster Mac & Cheese
  • Merry Christmas!
  • Classic Minestrone
  • Tomato, Pancetta & Goat Cheese Flatbread

    Pantry Items

  • Oil (olive, extra virgin, canola, peanut)
  • Red wine & balsamic vinegar
  • Cooking spray
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Whole Milk
  • Chicken stock
  • Brown sugar
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan cheese block
  • Dijon mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

    Grocery List based on servings for 2 w/ leftovers

  • 8 oz diced pancetta
  • 2 prepared lobster tails or 3/4 lb cooked lobster meat
  • 3 oz Gruyère, shredded
  • 2 oz sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 4 oz green beans
  • 1 package baby spinach leaves
  • 1 red tomato
  • 1 yellow tomato
  • 8 oz can cannellini beans
  • 8 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 oz dried cherries
  • 1 box cavatappi pasta
  • 1 small loaf French bread
  • 1 large or 2 small pre-baked whole wheat flatbreads

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