You know how some women get really excited when shoes or purses are on sale? I’m not like that. Shoes and purses are not my jam. But you know what gets me going? When good food like lobster tail goes on sale. Because then I can make brown butter lobster pasta, and all is right in my little world.
In fact, discovering this made grocery shopping super exciting. It reminded me of the days when I liked grocery shopping. Once upon a time, pre pregnancy and pre parenthood, I enjoyed walking around different grocery stores and checking out interesting produce. If I caught wind of a sample event at a specialty shop, I was there with bells on. Seriously, the Fresh Market on pumpkin product sample day. OMG.
Now I have a toddler. Going grocery shopping is considerably less fun and more survival of the fittest. I mean, really, have you ever navigated one of those race car shopping carts through crowded grocery store aisles while reminded the tiny passenger in the race car to keep her hands and arms inside the moving vehicle at all times? I am just not that coordinated.
But going to the grocery store on Friday night with my husband and toddler in tow was actually fun. Exhilarating even. Because I picked up the store circular and saw lobster tail was on sale. Cue happy dance. You know, like normal women do for shoes.
And boy do I love my husband. Not only is he supportive of my whims including my random food whims, but he’s my partner in crime when it comes to cooking up sinful food. I tell him my ideas and he will often one better me. Like the cheese stuffed burger idea. He came up with the idea for making them jalapeno popper stuffed burgers. I thought he’d take the brown butter lobster pasta idea to the next level. Apparently, it was already next level on its own.
But instead, he did something better. He executed my vision perfectly. Yep, that’s right. He cooked this glorious meal while I watched Finding Dory with Goose. (We were feeling very fishy themed.) And he did it without me having to shout out things like, “Make sure you use white wine!” or “Pour in the pan juices!”
He’s in my head. He just knows how I want things and that is awesome. It may also be because the checkout lady at the grocery store asked me how I planned to cook the lobster and I answered in extreme detail.
Either way I must give him serious credit because he prepared this exactly the way I would have and the result was decadently amazing. Brown butter is perfection on roasted lobster tail. It’s nutty flavor adds a depth to the sweet lobster meat. I mean really brown butter on any pasta like the brown butter gnocchi with roasted butternut squash and kale that I made this fall is absolutely delish. And the background of sweet white wine and garlic. OMG. Perfection in a stunning, impressive dish that is so easy to make.
Especially if you are me and were sitting on the couch during the process.
But in all seriousness, this brown butter lobster pasta only needs a handful of ingredients: lobster tails, butter, wine, garlic, parsley, Parmesan, and pasta. Not an extensive list for such a fancy meal with such big flavor. The prep work is simple. Just pop the lobster tail in the oven. While it roasts, brown the butter, add the wine and cook the pasta. Toss it all together with the pasta and then add the lobster tails and the drippings from the pan.
Then watch me flip out over dinner. Because it was THAT good. I literally licked my bowl. I’m classy like that and I’m glad that instead of shoes, I get excited about groceries.
Easy and elegant brown butter lobster pasta
- 2 lobster tails
- 1 package of spaghetti or linguine*
- 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons of butter
- 5 cloves of garlic
- the juice of half a lemon
- 1 cup of white wine
- salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425. Cut the lobsters down the center of the top of their shells to slightly butterfly it. Place in an oven safe pan and squeeze on lemon juice. Divide 2 tablespoons of butter into chunks. Put butter pieces on top of each lobster. Crush one garlic clove onto each lobster. Cover with tinfoil and roast in the oven at 425 for 12-15 minutes or until the lobster meat is opaque and white.
- While the lobster is in the oven, boil the pasta according to directions on the package. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Once the butter melts, stir consistently. Brown bits should form and the butter should turn a deep golden brown and smell nutty. When this happens, add 1 cup of white wine and 3 crushed cloves of garlic. Let cook for about two minutes, stirring consistently. When pasta is done, add the pasta to the sauce pan. Add chunked lobster meat and drippings from the pan that the lobster was roasted in. Finish with fresh parsley, salt and pepper to taste, and Parmesan cheese.
*We used gluten free spaghetti
- Category: dinner
- Cuisine: Italian, seafood
- Serving Size: 2 large dinner portions or 4 side dishes