Oct 2, 2015

Creamy Lobster Pasta

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins
The sauce for the pasta is similar to lobster bisque, a creamy smooth sauce flavored with seafood stock and aromatics served over bucatini.

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Taverna Tony is a well-known Greek restaurant in Malibu, California. Malibu is known as an upscale beach town but it also happens to be where I went to college. Since I didn’t have a kitchen my freshman year at Pepperdine University but I had my car, occasionally when I felt I needed a reward or a break from cafeteria food I would drive down to Taverna and order a similar lobster pasta to go. Since it was such a large serving I could make it last for three separate meals. It is considered a special item on their menu and every time we go my mom gets nervous that they may not have it… they always do. It’s been that way for the last 8 years.

The sauce for the pasta is similar to lobster bisque, a creamy smooth sauce flavored with seafood stock and aromatics. And if you don’t know how to cook lobster tails? Don’t worry it’s easier than you think. The sauce is tossed with tender lobster meat from cooked tails and served with bucatini or a different noodle of your choice that pairs well with a creamy sauce such as wide flat noodles like pappardelle or fettuccine. Creamy lobster pasta is always a crowd pleaser recipe – it’s one of my most requested recipes from friends.

Creamy Lobster Pasta

creamy lobster pasta in pot lobster bisque base

Ingredients in Creamy Lobster Pasta

Thyme

The thyme is used to add a slight flavor to the bisque sauce.

Tarragon 

This herb has a subtle licorice flavor that pairs really well with seafood like lobster. I also use it in lobster pot pie.

Mirepoix 

The combination of carrots, onion and celery is referred to as mirepoix. This aromatic combination of vegetables is a classic base for soups and recipes like this. 

Tomato

The tomato adds a subtle flavor and color to this recipe. I use a combination of fresh tomatoes as well as a more concentrated tomato paste.

Bucatini

I like serving this pasta dish with bucatini pasta, a thick spaghetti-like noodle with a whole in the middle, because it holds the light seafood sauce well and some gets inside the noodle as well.

Lobster

While I use lobster tails, meat from whole lobsters can also be used in place of lobster tails in the recipe, I find lobster tails are the most readily accessible.

Sherry and Brandy

Sherry and brandy are both used to enhance the flavor of soups.

Fish Stock

Fish stock, also called seafood stock is made from simmering the shells of lobster, shrimp, crab shells or other fish bones with white wine and other aromatics. I often buy seafood stock though you can easily make your own – especially if you cook whole lobsters for this recipe. 

Steps to make creamy lobster pasta

Step 1

Sauté the onion, celery, and carrot (mirepoix) then add the tomato, garlic, thyme, tarragon, bay leaves, peppercorns, brandy and sherry. Cook until almost all liquid is evaporated.

Step 2

Add the tomato, garlic, thyme, tarragon, bay leaves, peppercorns, brandy and sherry, stirring, until almost all liquid is evaporated, about an additional 5 to 8 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in the fish stock and simmer the mixture on medium-low heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has reduced by about half.

Step 4

Poach the lobster tails in a pot of boiling water. Remove them from the water and set aside to cool. Remove the meat and chop.

Step 5

Remove the pot from the heat and pour the stock mixture through a fine sieve into a large saucepan. Whisk the tomato paste into the strained broth then whisk in the cream.

Step 6

Simmer until the broth is slightly thickened. Turn the heat down to low heat and season with salt and pepper. Begin to whisk in the butter one cube at a time until it has all been added to the sauce. Add the lobster meat, stirring to combine.

Step 7

Cook the pasta then drain and return to the pot.

Step 8

Ladle in the enough of the sauce to lightly coat the pasta and serve.

creamy lobster pasta with lobster bisque sauce recipe from cooking with cocktail rings closeup

How to Cook lobster tails

To cook lobster tails you simply bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the raw tails and cook for about until the meat is no longer opaque, about 8 to 12 minutes then remove from the pot and let cool. There are two different ways to break down lobster tails from here:

  • The first way is to use the palm of your hand and press down hard on the rounded red exterior of the shell to break it then pull away the meat inside.
  • The second is to use scissors and cut along the underside of the tail then use your hands to break away the shell and remove the meat.
creamy lobster pasta with noodle pull recipe from cooking with cocktail rings
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Creamy Lobster Pasta

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large celery rib, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium red tomato, chopped
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ½ cup sherry
  • 4 cups fish stock
  • 3 Maine lobster tails, uncooked (about ½ pound meat total)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Kosher salt as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 pound bucatini pasta, I like Setaro brand

Instructions:

  • Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat until hot. Sauté the onion, celery, and carrot (a mirepoix) until the onion becomes translucent and soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomato, garlic, thyme, tarragon, bay leaves, peppercorns, brandy and sherry, stirring, until almost all liquid is evaporated, about an additional 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the fish stock and simmer the mixture on medium-low heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes until the mixture has reduced by about half.
  • While simmering, bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil. Add the lobster tails and poach for about 5 minutes, until just cooked through (do not overcook the lobster or the meat will become rubbery.)
  • Remove them from the water and set aside to cool. Once cool, hold the lobster tail in your hand with the underside facing up. Using scissors cut up the underside and pull out the meat. Chop the meat into bite-size pieces and set aside.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a large saucepan, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard the leftover solids. Whisk the tomato paste into the strained broth then whisk in the cream. Simmer for 15 minutes, until the broth is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn the heat down to low and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Begin to whisk in the butter one cube at a time until it has all been added to the sauce. Add the lobster meat, stirring to combine, and continue then remove from heat.
  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil; add the salt and bring back to the boil. Pour in the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and return the pasta to the pot. Ladle in the enough of the sauce to lightly coat the pasta.
  • To serve, ladle the pasta with sauce into warmed pasta bowls. Serve hot.

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  1. I made this tonight for Sunday dinner and it was amazing! I also used the clam juice and at the end I added a handful of shredded parmesan cheese.

  2. 5 stars
    This was amazing.

    But does the recipe really need two sticks of butter?

    Do you have the nutrients?

  3. oh my gosh kylie! this was absolutely amazing! thank you so much. i’m so glad i found your site and can’t wait to try a few of your other recipes. this was a wonderful version of lobster pasta and different from anything i’ve done before. i’m making it for my italian in laws for christmas eve dinner. you rock!!