Hello! I am here. Is today (or next Friday) payday for you? I hope so because this pasta is something that I hope you make when you get PAID! This is a treat yo’self kinda pasta because it has lobster in it.
Pasta is usually on the cheaper end of the food-money-spending spectrum but lobster makes it pretty indulgent.
I went to the market and bought two lobster tails for about $20. I definitely was like “dang, ok. lobster is legit expensive.” And I still had to buy all of the other ingredients. I think my total bill came to like $30 or $35 dollars for this entire meal, which if you actually compare to a restaurant, it’s still cheaper.
But whatever you do, don’t overcook/mess up the precious lobster ok?!
I’m going to be honest again and tell you that I grew up eating lobster because my family loved it. And I knew when they brought home lobster someone was having a good day/bills had been paid/we were living!
Before recipe testing this, I’d actually never cooked lobster. I was super pumped that it was just the tails and not a whole, living, thriving lobster. That experience might’ve been too real for my city-loving self.
The lobster tails were super easy. You drop them in boiling, salted water for a few minutes. That’s it! And then I used that same water to boil the pasta. It was a pretty easy dish that was SO SO good. I almost cried it was so good. And I ate way too much, maybe two servings.
I’m going to Italy next month so I’m trying to eat healthy up until then so I can enjoy eating all of the gelato, pasta ever.
Payday Lobster Cherry Tomato Pasta
- 2 lobster tails, about 3 ounces each
- 1 pound pasta of choice, I used spaghetti
- 1 tablespoon of oil
- 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes, stems removed
- 1 shallot or 1/4 yellow onion, minced
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/2 cup white or rosé wine
- 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon Italian parsley, minced, as garnish
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the lobster tails into the boiling water and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until mostly opaque (if they’re a little under, that’s ok because we’re going to cook them a bit more later on in the recipe). Using tongs, remove them from the water, and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
- Using a pair of kitchen scissors, flip over the lobster and cut the shell on each side (here’s a good video that does a good job at showing how to do it). Pull the lobster meat out of the shell and roughly chop the lobster into bite-size pieces. Transfer to a bowl.
- Add the pasta to the pot and cook until al dente. Reserve some pasta water and drain the pasta.
- To a medium skillet, set over medium-high heat, add the oil. When very hot, add the cherry tomatoes and cook until blistered, about 2 to 3 minutes. Be sure to give the skillet a shake every now and then. Turn the heat down to medium heat and add the shallot, garlic, oregano, crushed red and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Toss and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Pour in the wine and reserved pasta water. Scrape the bottom of the pot and cover the pot to simmer and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the butter and cook until melted, about 2 minutes. Give it a taste and add salt to taste. Add the pasta and toss until coated.
- Lastly, add the lobster and toss one last time. Divide among plates and top with Italian parsley.