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Italian Christmas Eve Pasta with Seafood
Fettuccine with Lobster Cream Sauce
Fettuccine with Lobster Cream Sauce
Fettuccine with Lobster Cream Sauce
Shrimp in Garlic, Lemon, and Butter Sauce (Shrimp Scampi)
Lasagna della Vigilia - Christmas Eve Lasagna from the Piedmont
Fettuccine with Lobster Cream Sauce
(Serves 2)

This is a wonderfully rich dish so the serving size is small.  You will only need
one lobster tail for 2 servings.  The lobster shell is used to infuse the cream
sauce with more of the lobster's flavor. It may seem like an unusual
technique but the resulting sauce is comparable to the velvety texture of a
lobster bisque.


1 (10-12 ounce) lobster tail
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
1 plum tomato, chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 large garlic clove, sliced
2 fresh thyme springs
2 fresh parsley springs
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
5-6 ounces fettuccine
Salt and pepper
Chopped parsley for garnish
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil.  Add the lobster tail and
simmer 7-10 minutes until slightly undercooked.  Remove the tail from water
and set aside until cool enough to handle.  Remove the meat, cut it into bite
size pieces, cover, and refrigerate.  With kitchen scissors, cut the remaining
shell into 10-12 pieces.

Heat the oil in a wide saucepan over high heat.  Add the reserved lobster
shells and saute for 3 minutes.  Reduce the heat to low.  Add the tomato
paste and stir for 1 minute.  Add the tomato, wine, vinegar, garlic, thyme, and
parsley.  Add the cream, bring to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes.  Reduce heat
to a simmer and cook 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Strain into a
bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much sauce as possible.  Discard
contents of strainer.  Transfer sauce to a saucepan. Gently rewarm over low

Meanwhile, cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the recommended time.
Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce along with the reserved lobster meat.
Cook 2 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Divide pasta between 2
serving plates.  Garnish with chopped parsley.  Serve with Parmesan cheese,
if desired
Shrimp in Garlic, Lemon, and Butter Sauce
"Shrimp Scampi"

(Serves 4 to 6)
Shrimp in Garlic,Lemon, and Butter Sauce - Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi is an Italian-American dish that is popular in many Italian
restaurants in the US.  It is not an traditional Italian recipe but it is still very


1 pound linguine, cooked
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 tablespoons butter, divided
5 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 to 1-1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons each of butter and olive oil over medium-
high heat.  Saute the garlic and red pepper flakes about 2 minutes.  Season
the shrimp with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet.  Saute the shrimp
until they turn pink, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Transfer the shrimp to a plate.  Add
the wine, broth, and lemon juice to the skillet and bring to a boil.  Simmer the
liquid for 2-3 minutes, just to reduce a little.  Add the remaining olive oil and
butter to the broth.  When the butter is melted, return the shrimp to the skillet. 
Cook just enough to reheat the shrimp.  Stir in the lemon zest and parsley and
season with salt and pepper.  Serve over linguine.
Lasagna della Vigilia
Christmas Eve Lasagna from the Piedmont
(Serves 6)

This dish isn't at all like the many-layered lasagna that most of us are familiar
with.  The lasagna noodles should be about 6" long.  If you are using dried
noodles, break them in half.  Just be sure to mash the anchovies to a paste
and be generous with the pepper.


1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 ounces anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound lasagna noodles, broken in half
1 cup Parmesan cheese
Freshly grated ground pepper, to taste


In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat.  Add the anchovies
and garlic.  Cook about 5 minutes.  Use a wooden spoon to mash the
anchovies as thoroughly as you can.

Cook the lasagna noodles in boiling salted water and drain.  Toss the pasta in
a bowl with 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Transfer the pasta to the
anchovy sauce, grind pepper on top and toss well.  Serve, passing remaining
cheese to sprinkle on top.
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