Did everyone have a good weekend? This weekend was the first time I was able to have a full two days off of work and it was glorious. I’ve been on shoots nonstop for the past 4 weeks and I was just about ready to crash. Thankful I was able to sit back and relax this weekend… plus the boyfriend was in Vegas so this pretty much means I laid around in bed all weekend with my Dexter. We went to the dog park, took plenty of daytime naps together and he ran a couple errands with me. It was the perfect weekend.
Since I did so much laying around, I didn’t get much of anything productive accomplished. I think the most productive thing I did was make myself this Lobster & Corn Pasta. Yes, I had a ‘dinner for one’ kind of night on Saturday and I decided it was time for me to treat myself. Rarely do I ever cook fancy meals when it’s just me; I’m lucky if I can convince myself to prepare more than just a box of crackers and some cheese for myself when I eat alone. This weekend was different. This weekend was all about me and that meant cooking myself a fancy meal.
I’m usually not the biggest lobster fan. Like I don’t really get a craving for it, but last weekend I wanted lobster and I wanted pasta, so I did a 2 in 1 sort of thing. I learned to combine lobster, corn and tarragon together in the first restaurant I worked in (and p.s. best combo ever…the sweetness of the lobster and corn against the bright and powerful anise flavor of tarragon…so good!) I was in charge of prepping our ravioli and it was the most delicious combination of lobster, mascarpone, corn, pimentos, and tarragon. I probably ate that dish every shift I worked. Heaven…except for my poor waistline. Anyway, this pasta is sort of a tribute to that magical ravioli dish. I usually wouldn’t think of pairing this sort of mature sauce with such a playful pasta like fusilli, but I love just much how of the sauce is absorbed by the ridges of the fusilli! You get a burst of creamy, delicious sauce in every single corkscrew, it’s great.
I think this is definitely the perfect pasta to make when you want to treat a loved one to something special, or when you’re just in the mood to ‘treat yoself’! Enjoy! xx, Jenny
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Lobster and Corn Pasta Tossed in a White Wine and Tarragon Cream Sauce
- 8 ounces fusilli pasta
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 shallots, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 ears corn, kernels cut and cobs removed
- 2 ½ tablespoons minced tarragon, divided
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 2 (6 ounce) lobster tails, poached removed from the shell and sliced (¼ cup poaching liquid reserved)
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan
- salt and pepper to taste
- Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
- Add a small handful of salt and pasta and stir. Boil pasta for 6 to 7 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
- Drain pasta and set aside until ready to use.
- Place butter and oil in a large skillet and melt over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add corn and sauté for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons tarragon and all of chives to skillet and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
- Deglaze pan with wine and cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Add poaching liquid and reduce liquid by half. Add lobster tails and cream and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in Parmesan and continue to simmer until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Add pasta to skillet and toss until well coated. Add remaining tarragon to skillet and adjust seasonings. Serve immediately.
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The lobster/corn/pasta trio has been a fave of mine for eons. Thanks for YOUR version. Trying it tonight!
This looks seriously amazing, I want to make it! And eat it! :) p.s. love your photos
Bev @ Bev Cooks
Seriously dying right now.
Katy @ Tasty Little Crouton
Hey there! I stumbled upon your blog thru BlogLovin. Super cute! Loving this recipe and your photography. Looks like it was the perfect self-spoiling dinner. C’mon, corn+lobster+cream+pasta… how could that be anything but a winner?? Cheers!
Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living
Lobster, corn and tarragon really does sound like the perfect combination! I love how you made a special dinner. As women, it’s hard, when we’re always cooking for others and our families, but you have to treat yourself.
Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King
Mmm, you’re killing me. I need this in my life right about now. I’ve got lobster in my freezer… it may be time to thaw it.
Healthy & Homemade
YUM! What a great idea :)
Hello. Someone told me about your blog and “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook. I look forward to looking through your blog. Denise
This is so pretty and I bet so delicious! Corn and lobster are so good together, especially in a cream sauce!
Glad you had a chill weekend!
Susan @ my taste haven
This looks delicious. I love the choice of pairing corn with lobster- unexpected yet makes sense since lobster has that slight sweet side to it. I look forward to making it!
This looks so tasty! I need some lobster in my life.
You know, it’s funny. Up until about a year ago I didn’t “think” that I liked lobster. I’m 51. Imagine all of those years that I missed out on pure deliciousness because of a “thought”…
I’m not going to think about this one… I KNOW that I’m going to love this… let’s just say that this recipe just make up for all of those lost years. I can’t wait to give it a try!! I love it when food looks this pretty too… <3
Averie @ Averie Cooks
Glad you had a chill weekend and the fusilli to absorb all the sauce – sooo good I bet. Stunning photos as usual. I’ve only cooked lobster once in my life and it was so expensive and I was so nervous about ruining it that I’ve never tried it again!
I’m not the hugest lobster fan either, but I would NEVER turn a pasta dish looking like this down! yum!
Sophie @ dinnersforwinners
This looks great! Especially on the heels of that ravioli you used to make. YUM! I like your reason for pairing this fun pasta against something sophisticated like lobster :) Good work, and glad you got some time to rest and relax! I took some quiet time with Gossip Girl and my pup this weekend too… glorious!
Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker
Ooooooooh this sounds so yummy. Wish I could find prepared lobster in my area and make this
Maybe you can swap out crab? If not, there’s always the pretend stuff! ;)
Shrimp is an awesome (and more wallet friendly) alternative. I use it all the time!