Welcome to a new year - 2023
It's been a rough year for our family, but I can't complain. January is here and the temperatures are finally going up to a seasonal 60 degree average. New Year's Eve was celebrated with a fish theme as well as Christmas Eve. Mom would create a lovely ragosta (lobster) sauce with wide tagliatelli pasta. The sauce will be on the mild side, but ever so fragrant of lobster. The lobsters shrink and become very small, so if you decide to make a lobster sauce, be aware that you make enough for all your guests to have a taste of the lobster meat.
New Year's Eve Lobster Sauce
3-5 lobster tails
3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
Fresh Italian parsley (about 1/2 cup) chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Hot pepper flakes (optional)
1 - 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
1 lb spaghetti, linguini or tagliatelli pasta
Since using grated cheese on fish is a sacrilege in our family, this is a topping with make:
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
drizzle olive oil in a cold small skillet, toast the breadcrumbs but don't walk away; it will burn and then you'd have to start again.
In large saucepan or wok, add two to three tablespoons olive oil on medium heat. Gently saute garlic till tender. At this time, place the lobster in the oil just to infuse the taste of the lobster for only a minute on each side. Remove immediately and set aside. Add the crushed tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Add the chopped parsley, and season with salt and pepper and optional hot pepper to taste.
Let the sauce simmer for about 30 minutes before you add the slightly browned lobster tails. Allow the lobster sauce to simmer away for 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile cook pasta according to box directions for al dente pasta. Drain
pasta very well. You can place the pasta in a large serving dish. Add a few ladels of lobster sauce on top and then place the lobster tails around the dish. Top with a few sprigs of fresh parsley.
A nice cabernet sauvignon would pair so well with this robust sauce.