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Butter-Poached Lobster with Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Pasta

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"Butter-poaching lobster produces a beautiful, almost melt-in-the-mouth result. This dish combines the sweetness of butter-poached lobster with bright, acidic cherry tomatoes, a buttery sauce, and fresh, homemade pasta. The beurre monte in this recipe uses more water than usual, to produce a sauce that is less overwhelmingly rich when combined with the lobster."
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1 h 19 m servings 414
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Pour flour onto a clean work surface and make a well in the middle. Mix eggs, egg yolk, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a bowl. Pour the egg mixture into the well; slowly incorporate flour into egg mixture until combined. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed. Cover and let rest for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Roll dough using a pasta machine or rolling pin; cut into noodles about 1/4-inch wide.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add 1 tablespoon salt. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add lobster tails to the boiling water. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes; drain and shock in the ice water. Slit the shells with kitchen shears and gently extract the meat.
  4. Heat 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat to just under a boil. Add butter, piece by piece, using a kitchen thermometer to keep the sauce at 160 to 180 degrees F (71 to 82 degrees C). Add lobster tails; cook until meat is opaque yet soft and almost undercooked, 5 to 6 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Reduce heat to low.
  5. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook noodles in the boiling water until tender yet firm to the bite, 1 to 3 minutes; drain.
  6. Divide pasta and lobster equally among serving plates. Add tomatoes to the butter sauce; cook until barely softened, about 2 minutes. Split the sauce and tomatoes equally over the pasta and lobster. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with basil leaves.


  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of butter used in the buerre monte. The actual amount of butter consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 414 calories; 26.9 29.1 14 185 1717 Full nutrition

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