Easy, Upscale Recipe for your Upcoming Picnics

May 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm (Uncategorized)

Pasta Salad with Lobster and Snow Peas

  • 8 ounces radiator or rotini pasta
  • ¼ cup very thinly sliced shallots
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves lightly crushed
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 live lobster (about 1 ½ pounds)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ lb snow peas, stems and strings removed, sliced in half with a diagonal cut
  • ½ red pepper, julienned
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil



  1. Pour enough water into a large pot to fill it about 2/3rds deep. Bring the water to a boil and add the lobster. Cover the pot tightly and steam the lobster until it turns a bright reddish orange-about 12 minutes.
  2. Put half of the shallots in a bowl with the vinegar and let them stand for five minutes. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of the oil, then stir in the garlic, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper to taste. Set the vinaigrette aside.
  3. Remove the lobster from the pot and set it on a dish to catch the juices. Pour 2 quarts of water into the pot along with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and bring the liquid to a boil.
  4. When the lobster has cooled enough to handle, twist off the tail and claws from the body. Crack the shell and remove the meat from the tail and claws. Add the shells and the body to the boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. Cut the meat into ½ inch pieces and set it aside in a bowl.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to remove the shells from the boiling liquid, and then add the pasta. Cook the pasta approximately 12 minutes until it is al dente.
  6. While the pasta is cooking, pour the remaining tablespoon of oil into a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the snow peas, red pepper, and remaining 2 tablespoons of shallots and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until the snow peas turn bright green-about one and a half minutes. Scrape the contents of the skillet into the bowl with the lobster.
  7. When the pasta finishes cooking, drain it and rinse it under cold running water. Remove and discard the garlic from the vinaigrette, then combine the vinaigrette with the pasta. Add the lobster mixture, the basil, the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice then toss well. 

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