For a very special date night, nothing says love like a deliciously decadent date night dinner! And you can't get any more decadent—and indulgent—than lobster! There's nothing quite like the succulent, savory delight of a lobster that can make a romantic evening a resounding success. So along with the wine, roses, and chocolate, celebrate your love for each other with this fabulous lobster pasta with herbed cream sauce!
Servings: 10 Prep time: 12 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes
- 3 1&3/4-pound live lobsters
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 large plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1/3-cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 fresh tarragon sprigs
- 2 fresh thyme sprigs
- 2 fresh Italian parsley sprigs
- 6 cups whipping cream
- 1&1/2 pounds fettuccine or linguine
- Bring very large pot of salted water to boil. Add lobsters. Boil until cooked through, about 12 minutes (or cook in batches, if necessary).
- Using tongs, transfer lobsters to large rimmed baking sheet. Remove meat from tail and claws; place meat in medium bowl. Remove any roe from bodies and place in small bowl.
- Cover and chill meat and roe (if any). Remove tomalley (green matter) from bodies and discard. Reserve bodies and shells.
- Heat oil in heavy large pot over high heat. Add reserved lobster bodies and shells. Sauté 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add tomato paste; stir 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, wine, vinegar, garlic, tarragon, thyme, and parsley.
- Add cream; boil 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer just until lobster flavor infuses cream, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
- Strain sauce into large bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard contents of strainer. (Lobster and sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover separately and chill.)
- Transfer sauce to heavy large saucepan. Cut lobster meat into bite-size pieces; coarsely crumble roe, if using. Add to sauce. Gently re-warm over low heat, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain; return pasta to pot. Add sauce; toss over medium-high heat until sauce coats pasta, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to large shallow bowl and serve.
The result is elegant and fabulous! A lobster and pasta meal is a recipe for love, and although it's a lot of effort, it's well worth it. You'll win over not only your special someone's heart, but their appetite as well!