Lobsta Pasta

Lobster Pasta

As many times as I have shopped at Trader Joe's, I still come across items I had never seen before. On my last visit, I was surprised to find lobster tails in the frozen section. I wasn't sure what I would make with it, but how can you go wrong with lobster tails, right?

It was about 1/2 pound, and since I was looking for an easy dinner dish, I decided to make a simple tomato based lobster pasta.

The ingredients are:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried organo
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup of canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound of spaghetti
  • cooked lobster tails, about 1/2 pound
  • salt and pepper to season
  • basil to garnish
  • couple slices of lemon

After thawing the lobster in warm water for about 20 minutes, cook the lobster in boiling water for about 4-5 minutes.

Remove the lobster from their shells and cut them into big chunks. Set aside.

Prepare the noodles by cooking spaghetti in a pot of salted water until al dente. Save 1/2 cup of cooked pasta water and drain. If possible, cook the noodles while the sauce is cooking so that the noodles can be added into the sauce as soon as it's done.

In a deep frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Cook diced onion for about 5 minutes until onions are translucent. Cook red chili flakes, oregano, and minced garlic for another minute. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add cherry tomatoes and cook for a few minutes until tomatoes are soft and juicy. Pour the canned diced tomatoes. If the canned tomato is too acidic, add 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of sugar. My mom used to add ketchup to pasta dishes, so I favor a little sweetness in my pasta.

Add the cooked lobster and spaghetti to the sauce and let it meld together for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper. The starchy water can be added if the sauce is a little too dry.

Garnish with basil and lemon slices.

Now it's time to eat! Lobster can be an expensive item for everyday dinner, but thanks to Trader Joe's, I was able to make a simple lobster pasta that is easy, affordable, and delicious. Bon appetit!

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