Lobster Linguine with Lemon and Basil

On most weekends, sitting over breakfast, my husband and I look at each other and ask what we’re going to have for dinner.  It was no different this past Mother’s Day Sunday.  My children were not here to cook for me, and I didn’t want to go out for dinner.  My only other options were to have my husband cook dinner which probably would have consisted of steak on the grill, or to cook it myself.  I obviously decided to cook it myself.

The nice part of cooking for yourself on Mother’s Day is that you get to choose what you want.  And my husband got to do the shopping.  I wish everyday was like that!  Anyway…it was cold for May 12th so we were thinking of something comforting, but I really wanted lobster.  I could have done Lobster Mac and Cheese, because let’s face it…that is the ultimate of comfort foods.  However, we were trying to go a little healthier so it was crossed off my list of choices.

And then it hit me.  I had seen a recipe for a shrimp and pasta recipe that had previously caught my eye.  I could adapt it and use the lobster.  And so I did with some minor experimental changes.

And it was good.

You can use shrimp if you prefer but I think the lobster added a bit more richness to it.   You can also cut out the butter and wine to make it even more healthy if you choose.  This is one of those recipes you can add and subtract to make it your own.  Experiment a little,  I think this is one of those dishes that will always come out tasting yummy.

So the next time it looks like you might have to cook your own celebration dinner…..embrace it.  You’ll be glad you did!

Lobster Linguine with Lemon and Basil

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 2 lb lobster
  • 6 ounces linguini or fettuccine
  • small palm of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup red, yellow and/or green bell pepper strips
  • 1 cup fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • shredded lemon peel from 1 large lemon
  • 8 shredded lemon peel from 1 large lemon
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1/8 cup basil, chiffonade (this is when you take several basil leaves, roll them and slice)
  • lemon wedges (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook lobster in a pot of boiling water for approximately 7 minutes

  2.  Remove lobster meat from shell and chop into bite size pieces. set aside.

  3. Cook pasta according to package directions.

  4. In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter and olive oil together. Add pepper strips and stir about 2 minutes, or until tender crisp.

  5. Add asparagus and garlic and cook an additional minute. Salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Add wine to mixture and stir.

  7. Add lobster, green onions, lemon zest and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

  8. Add pasta and basil ciffonade

  9. Transfer to serving plates and garnish with lemon wedges and more basil if desired.

Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and there is no better time to reminisce about my mom and why I always smile when I think of her.  I grew up during a time when she thought you had to cook the meat until it was shoe leather and you ate all of your vegetables out of a can.  Sorry Mom, but it’s amazing that I grew up loving food the way I do.

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My two younger brothers and I grew up without much money, but until I was older I never realized that we didn’t have anything because my mom always made us feel that we had everything.  We were recently talking about how I loved our Sunday night “picnics”.  Mom would put papers on the floor and we would have sandwiches or burgers in front of the TV while watching Walt Disney.  That would be the one night we could have a coke, so we thought of it as a big treat.  She told me they just did that because sandwiches were cheaper and she didn’t want us to think we didn’t have money for dinner.

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If someone asked me what foods were my favorite growing up that Mom made, I can name them on one hand. If you asked me if I would still eat them, the answer would be a resounding yes!  Fried chicken (that was actually baked in the oven), macaroni and cheese, onion dip and her pies.  I still love pie and I still love her onion dip.  My children love it so much we have to make a double batch because they will eat the entire bowl.

Birthdays were always amazing.  She made me feel as though I was the only one to ever have a birthday.  I would pull back my chair to sit down and it would be filled with wrapped packages.  The day was always full of surprises, love and the special cake she would make.   My favorite was the doll cake.  You know the one, the doll is in the middle and she has a cake “skirt”.  Mine would always have a frosting hat too, so I guess I was really special!

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No matter what was going on, she was always there for me.  From wearing the tissue corsage I made her in Kindergarten, going to all my plays and color guard events, kissing me goodby when I left for school and holding my hand and heart when I went through my divorce,  she was always the one I could count on.

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She is turning 80 in July.  It wasn’t an easy life, but it’s been a good one.  She was a devoted wife who adored my dad for fifty-five years, as he adored her.  She is a great mom, a friend and a caring Nana to my children.  There is no way I can ever repay her for everything, but I try everyday.  I try to be the person she wanted me to grow up and be.  I want to be as giving, as kind and as loving as she is.

I want to make her onion dip.

I love you Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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