Kids Can Cook Fettuccine with Simple Lobster Sauce
My nine year old helped me throw this one together. We had some cooked Maine lobsters leftover from the weekend and wanted to use them in a dish everyone would eat. I was thinking Lobster Fra Diablo but wasn’t sure my girls would enjoy it so I came up with this simple alternative.
My nine year old Maddie has Cerebral Palsy so I try to find jobs she can handle safely and still feel like she is contributing. It’s not difficult at all. She helped me get ingredients from the refrigerator, grab the necessary cookware from the cabinets, cut herbs from the herb garden, pick lobster meat from the shells, stir the pasta and set the table. All I had to do was cut and cook.
If you want to read more about how teaching your kids to cook is a good thing, check out my blog series starting with Kids Can Cook and then this poston the same topic called Teaching Your Kids To Cook.
Fettuccine with Simple Lobster Sauce Recipe
3/4 pounds of fettuccine
1 medium onion-diced
3 cloves garlic - chopped fine
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups lobster stock*
2 cooked lobsters - meat from tail and legs removed and chopped into bite sized pieces
2 tablespoons fresh basil - finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley - finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper - to taste
How To Prepare At Home
Start by bringing a big pot of water to boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
Heat a medium sized saute (frying) pan until hot. Add oil and when it begins to shimmer, just before the smoking point, add the onions and cook for 3 minutes over medium high heat. Add the garlic and continue cooking until the onions become translucent. Do not let the garlic burn.
Add a quarter cup of the lobster stock to deglaze the pan. Add the lobster and the rest of the lobster stock. Continue cooking until the lobster stock is reduced by half or to your desired thickness.
Add the chopped basil and parsley. Mount the butter in pieces off the heat. Mounting is where you add butter to a sauce at the end to give it texture, flavor and a sheen. It is better to cut it up into smaller pieces and add one at a time while continuously stirring. You don't want to add all the butter at once.
Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper.
When the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the sauce, mix all together and serve.
*Lobster Stock - Not the easiest thing to find commercially and when in a hurry, not something you want to make. It is easy enough to make some decent stock with the shells and bodies of the lobster you are not using and here is a link to a lobster stock recipe.
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Online Sources: Lobster & Lobster Tails
So the old adage, "Buyer Beware" really rings true when it comes to buying live lobster . Unless you have a lot of disposable income, serving live lobster is an extravagant treat for a special occasion. Be careful to buy the best product you can afford so you don't end up with an inferior product.
- Here's another company offering live lobsters from Maine, lobster tails, fresh seafood, chowders and bisque you may be interested in checking out.
The Crab Place
- Know for their crabs but another good resource for live lobsters and other seafood.