spicy lobster pasta

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2 1 1/2-pound lobsters
2 tablespoons butter
1 small carrot - chopped
1 bay leaf
a few thyme sprigs
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion - finely diced
4 garlic cloves - minced
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups tomato puree
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 pound bucatini pasta
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon lemon zest

1.  steam or boil lobsters for 5 minutes.  cool to room temperature under running water.  separate claws and tails from lobster heads.  remove tail meat, cut into 1/2-inch slices and set aside.  crack claws with mallet, without removing meat, and set aside.

2.  with large knife, split lobster heads in half lengthwise and roughly chop tail shell.  heat butter in a wide saucepan or skillet over medium high heat.  add heads and shells, with any collected juices, and saute for about 1 minute.  add carrot, bay leaf and thyme and cook, stirring for 1 minute more.  add 3 cups water and simmer rapidly for about 10 minutes to reduce by half.  strain, discarding shells, herbs and vegetables.  you should yield 1 1/2 cups rich lobster broth.

3.  wipe pan with paper towel and return to stovetop over medium-high heat.  warm the olive oil, then add diced onion, garlic and hot pepper flakes.  season generously with salt and pepper.  cook, stirring, until onions are completely soft, about 10 - 15 minutes.  take care not to let onion mixture brown.

4.  add wine and simmer rapidly for 2 minutes, then add tomato puree and lobster broth.  simmer for 5 minutes, then add cream and simmer until sauce has thickened somewhat, about 5 minutes more.  turn off heat and adjust seasoning (it should be spicy).

5.  bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil.  ad pasta an cook until al dente.  reheat sauce, add cracked lobster claws and simmer for 2 minutes.  add sliced lobster meat and cook for a minute or less, until just heated through.  mix parsley and lemon zest together. drain pasta and add to sauce, tossing to coat noodles and distribute lobster meat, then transfer to a warm bowl or platter.  arrange one claw on top of each serving and sprinkle with parsley mixture.

- new york times, january 2014

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