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Lobster Fettuccine (Fettuccine all’Astice) – Stefan’s Connoisseur Weblog

Certainly one of my favourite meals to cook dinner on a charcoal grill is a lobster tail. Though it isn’t a lot of a recipe, I ought to {photograph} it so I can weblog about it. If you happen to begin with entire dwell lobsters, utilizing simply the tail to grill means you should have the claws and shells as ‘leftovers’. They’re wonderful to make a scrumptious contemporary pasta with lobster ragù, utilizing the meat from the claws and legs, in addition to a bisque created from the shells to taste the ragù. Due to the fragile taste of lobster it’s best to make use of contemporary tomatoes for this reasonably than canned or passata from a bottle or jar. I don’t assume contemporary pasta is ‘higher’ than dry pasta on the whole, however on this dish utilizing contemporary pasta actually makes a distinction. That is a kind of dishes that requires only some components however fairly a little bit of effort, which is unquestionably price it. The trouble may be decreased by utilizing store-bought dried or contemporary pasta reasonably than making your individual.


For 4 servings

2 lobsters with out the tail meat (used for one more objective) of about 700 grams (1.5 lbs) every

500 grams (1.1 lbs) ripe plum tomatoes

80 ml (1/3 cup) dry white wine

1 garlic clove, minced

1 Tbsp contemporary basil, sliced into skinny strips (chiffonade)

2 Tbsp further virgin olive oil

For the bisque: 1 carrot, 1 onion, 1 celery stalk

Contemporary pasta made utilizing 3 eggs and about 300 grams (2 cups) Italian 00 flour, or a mixture of 00 flour and semola di grano duro rimacinata (if utilizing retailer purchased, this can yield about 450 grams (1 lb) of contemporary pasta)


If beginning with dwell lobsters, boil them for 1 minute, then take away the tail (to make use of for one more recipe), then boil the remainder of the lobster for about 7 extra minutes. Permit the lobsters to chill down shortly in chilly water with ice cubes.

Take the lobster meat out of the claws and legs (extra details about this process this publish), and put the shells in a stockpot. Be sure that to take away the gills, which produce a bitter style.

Chop the onion, carrot, and celery, and add to the inventory pot with the lobster shells. Barely cowl with water, then carry to a boil. Cut back the warmth to a simmer as quickly because the water has come to a boil, after which enable to simmer for 1 hour.

Within the meantime, chop the lobster meat, and retailer within the fridge.

Flip the tomatoes into concassé as described in this publish.

Concassé is French for skinned, seeded, and chopped.

Make contemporary pasta dough, wrap in cling movie, and permit to relaxation within the fridge for at the very least half an hour.

After 1 hour of simmering, pressure the lobster inventory. First with a colander to take away the massive solids…

…after which with a high quality sieve.

Pour the filtered lobster inventory into a large low pan, and produce to a boil.

As quickly because it has come to a boil, cut back the warmth to a simmer, and simmer the lobster inventory till it has been decreased to about 4-6 tablespoons. The decreased lobster inventory is known as bisque (though bisque is normally enriched and diluted with cream whether it is served by itself).

Switch the lobster bisque right into a small bowl and reserve.

After the pasta dough has rested, roll it out, and reduce it into fettuccine. If you happen to mud the sheets of pasta with flour earlier than slicing the fettuccine, it will likely be simpler to stop them from sticking collectively.

Permit the fettuccine to dry considerably in a kind of single layer, mendacity straight. If the layer is simply too thick, they may get caught collectively.

Warmth two tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic, and stir over medium warmth till the garlic simply begins to show yellow. Don’t enable the garlic to turn into golden or brown to keep away from a bitter taste.

Deglaze with white wine earlier than the garlic turns into too darkish.

Permit the wine to be decreased by half to take away the alcohol.

Then add the tomatoes, and stir for a minute over excessive warmth.

Then add the lobster bisque.

Permit the sauce to simmer till it has the specified consistency.

The dish may be ready prematurely up up to now. To proceed ending the dish from this level, warmth the sauce again up till it boils, then cut back to a simmer.

Convey a big pot of water to a boil for the pasta. When the water boils, add salt and the pasta. The pasta cooking time will depend upon how thick you made the fettuccine, so it’s best to style the fettuccine to seek out out when they’re executed. Very skinny ones are executed in 1-2 minutes, however common thickness will want 6-8 minutes.

Add the lobster meat to the tomato sauce.

Stir, then flip off the warmth. The lobster is already cooked and can heat up within the warmth of the sauce. Don’t boil the sauce with the lobster in it, as a result of that will dry out the lobster.

Style the sauce, and solely salt if wanted. Often the bisque supplies ample saltiness.

When the fettuccine are al dente, drain them, and add them to the sauce, along with the basil.

Toss the pasta with the sauce.

Serve directly on preheated plates.

Wine pairing

Such a sublime and sophisticated dish requires a sublime and sophisticated wine, resembling a Chardonnay from the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy. Nice examples are Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, or Meursault.


This walnut and pear cake could be very flavorful and moist.


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