How to prepare a Lobster

If you're looking for a fancy festive treat, you can't go wrong with lobster. In this sponsored collaboration with Lidl, Mumsnet blogger Rebecca shows how surprisingly simple it is to whip up a lobster tagliatelle at home

Quick, easy and remarkably inexpensive, this pasta dish is one to master if you're looking to impress without breaking the bank.

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  • 1 deluxe whole cooked lobster
  • 60g tagliatelle pasta
  • ½ a carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • ½ an onion
  • 10g fresh chives
  • 60g mascarpone cheese
  • 5g tomato puree


1. Defrost the lobster. 

2. Remove the claws by pulling them away from each socket. Separate the head from the tail by holding firmly and twisting until the pieces break apart. 

3. Next, remove the meat from the tail by laying it on its side and - using the palm of your hand - pressing firmly down to crack the shell.

4. To remove the meat from the claws, firmly tap on it with a rolling pin. Peel away any loosened shell and pull out the meat. 

5. Once all the meat has been removed, it can be chopped into bite-sized pieces.

6. Take the shell and wash and remove any leftover meat. Then roast it in the oven alongside the carrots, onions and celery until caramelised.

7. Once roasted, put the shell and all the roasted veg in a saucepan and add enough water to cover. Stir in the tomato puree and leave to simmer for 45 minutes.

8. Strain the stock and then continue to simmer until it has reduced by about two thirds.

9. Blanch the pasta in salted boiling water. 

10. Whisk the mascarpone into the reduced stock. Add the lobster and cook until heated through, then add the cooked pasta - mixing well.

11. Finish with a sprinkle of chopped chives and serve in a warm bowl.

About Lidl's lobsters

Lidl's lobsters are MSC certified. They come from New Brunswick in Canada, where the fishery is managed to protect healthy stocks so that the numbers are buoyant and the lobsters are in the best possible condition.

Fishermen, based in villages along the shoreline, use biodegradable baited traps which are fitted with escape panels to reduce the number of small lobsters that are caught and help other creatures escape.

The fishery bans the landing of undersized lobsters or females with eggs, which are returned to the sea to breed.

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