This Lobster Linguine and Lemon Garlic Sauce is surprisingly easy to make, and it’s packed with delicious flavor!
What are some of your favorite hobbies? (Watching tv doesn’t count!) Everyone has a hobby, right? When I was a kid, it was collecting baseball cards. And then it was building model trains. (I really am a nerd.) A couple of months ago, I was chatting with one of my curling teammates, and it turns out he does a bunch of woodworking. I feel like I know the guys I curl with pretty well, but I was still surprised by this one.
We were over at his house for his son’s birthday party, and he showed me his ‘workshop’ down in the basement. He’s built all sorts of cool things for his son, including a rocket ship rail for the side of his bed. I remember having a rail on my bed when I was a kid. It was an old metal contraption that stuck under the mattress and then had rails on each side. It essentially kept me from rolling out and bonking my head in the middle of the night. This rocket ship version was pretty awesome though. Same concept. Except the “rails” were just a piece of plywood cut and painted like a rocket ship. Talk about embracing a kid’s imagination right there! Heck, I kinda want rocket ship rails on my adult bed.
At the end of curling season last year, this same buddy asked me to swing by his car before I left the club. He told me he had something for me. I was like, “Uh, ok?” Turns out he made Robbie this life-sized ruler. Laura and I had seen this mounted in his kitchen when we were visiting, and we both commented how cool it was. So he just went and made one for us! It’s essentially stained wood, but he used a woodburner to burn the numbers and lines onto the ruler. We’ve started marking Robbie’s height every 6 months, and the best part is we can take this ruler with us whenever we move. Woodworking has never been my forte, and I’m pretty much in awe of anyone who can create stuff like this!
Food, however? That’s my thing! I love making anything and everything in the kitchen…hence the food blog! I’m always taking food to the curling club (like this Pull-Apart Monkey Bread), and Laura and I took dinner over to our woodworking friend when he and his wife had their second son a couple of months ago. What can I say? I show appreciation via food.
Pasta has always been one of my favorite dishes, and I’m never one to turn away a good pasta + red sauce. But I also enjoy other sauces, too. Take this Lobster Linguine with Lemon Garlic Sauce for instance. The sauce itself is thin and just coats the pasta as opposed to getting poured on top. And the flavor comes both from the lemon and garlic as well as the lobster shells. Lobster tails have a surprisingly small amount of meat in them, but don’t let that dissuade you here. Cooking the tails in the broth (even for just a couple of minutes) imparts a ton of flavor into the sauce. Laura has always loved linguine, so this Lobster Linguine with Lemon Garlic Sauce was right up her alley. Me? I love all pasta, regardless of shape!
Do you guys cook lobster at home very often? We don’t. For starters, it’s a bit on the pricey side. But our grocery store had frozen lobster tails on sale the other day, so I decided to go for it. And like I mentioned above, the seafood flavor really comes though in this dish…even if the actual meat doesn’t! The sauce for this Lobster Linguine is nice and simple. It’s essentially garlic, lemon zest and white wine. A classic combination with a ton of flavor! So if you stumble across lobster tails on sale, give ’em a shot! Or honestly, this pasta would taste delicious topped with a nice piece of salmon or some scallops. Enjoy!
Lobster Linguine with Lemon Garlic Sauce
- 1 16-oz. package linguine
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup white onion diced
- 1½ tsp garlic minced
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1½ cups dry white wine i.e. Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken stock
- 3 5-oz. lobster tails
- 2 Tbsp heavy cream
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 Tbsp lemon zest ~2 large lemons
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- ⅓ cup Italian parsley chopped
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
- Meanwhile, using a deep sauté pan, add olive oil and place over medium heat. Once hot, add onions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes. Add wine and chicken stock; bring to a boil.
- Add lobster tails, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until lobster completely cooked. Remove meat from lobster tails and chop; set aside.
- Add cream, butter, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Continue cooking over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and add Parmesan, parsley, cooked lobster and cooked linguine; toss until well combined. If needed, add a bit of the reserved pasta water to loosen the pasta when stirring together.