Lobster Pasta with Grated Tomato

I got this recipe from Carla Lalli Music’s cookbook, “Where Cooking Begins” a great addition to my cookbook collection. Music shares invaluable tips and practical cooking techniques making you feel like a chef at home.

Effortful Time: 40 mins Total Time: 70 mins Servings: 2-3

Lobster Pasta w/ Grated Tomato Sauce By Carla Lalli Music - Where Cooking Begins

  • 1-1¼- pound live lobster
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Handful of basil leaves, chopped
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

Do It

  1. When you purchase the lobster, ask to have it cleaned and cracked for you. This makes the process of removing the shells after cooking much easier. In a large pot fitted with a steamer basket, bring 2 inches of water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add lobster, cover, and steam for 8 minutes. Lobster won’t be cooked through.
  2. Place lobster in a colander and rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking.
  3. Remove the meat from the shells and cut into small, bite-sized pieces. Place the meat in a bowl, cover and set aside.
  4. Fill a pot with water for cooking pasta, salt it generously and bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Cut a thin slice off the base of each tomato. Hold tomato at the stem end and use large holes of a box grater to grate flesh and pulp into a large bowl. The skin should unfurl as you go, until you’re left with just the stem and shredded skin in your hand. You can discard that.
  6. In a large skillet, combine butter and garlic, place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally until butter is foaming and garlic is translucent and fragrant. Add tomato and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Simmer until sauce is slightly thickened (about 10 minutes) if you have a parmesan rind, now would be the time to add it.
  8. Add basil, stir to combine and remove from heat.
  9. Add pasta to boiling water and set a timer for 2-3 minutes less than package instructions. The pasta should be very al dente and will finish cooking in the sauce.
  10. Return sauce to a simmer over medium heat and use tongs to transfer pasta directly into pan with sauce. Cook pasta and sauce, adding splashes of pasta liquid and tossing constantly, until noodles are al dente and sauce is thick enough to coat pasta.
  11. Add lobster to sauce, toss to combine, and cook just until lobster is warmed through (about 2 minutes).