Penne with Lobster, Corn, Zucchini, and Arugula

After removing the lobsters' tails and claw meat, use their empty shells to flavor this dish's broth.

  • Yield: Serves 4
Penne with Lobster, Corn, Zucchini, and Arugula

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1999


  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and smashed
  • 1 piece (1 inch long) fresh ginger sliced
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 live lobsters (1 1/4 pounds each)
  • Salt
  • 8 ounces penne or garganelli
  • 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 4 small zucchini (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 ears corn shaved from the cob
  • 2 arugula stems trimmed, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh marjoram leaves
  • 1 ounce freshly grated Parmesan cheese optional
  • Olive-oil cooking spray


  1. Fill sink with ice water. In a stockpot, combine onion, carrot, bay leaves, garlic, ginger, zest, and peppercorns with 8 cups water; cover and bring to a boil. Add lobsters, cover, and cook 8 minutes once water has returned to a boil. Remove lobsters, reserving the liquid; transfer to the ice bath.

  2. When lobsters are cool enough to handle, break tails and claws from body; crack open to remove meat. Set meat aside. Add bodies and empty shells to reserved liquid; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes. Drain through a fine sieve; discard solids. Return liquid to pot; cook over medium-high heat until reduced to 1 cup, about 45 minutes. Cut meat from lobster-tail and claw into bite-size pieces; set aside.

  3. Bring a 5-quart saucepan of salted water to a boil, and cook pasta until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain in a colander, and set aside.

  4. Cut onion into 1/8-inch wedges; remove the core. Cut zucchini lengthwise into quarters and crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Heat a low-sided 6-quart saucepan coated with olive-oil cooking spray over medium-high heat until very hot. Add onion and garlic; reduce heat to medium low. Cook until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add zucchini; cook until tender, about 7 minutes. Add corn, reserved lobster meat, cooked pasta, reserved liquid, arugula, and marjoram; stir to combine. Stir in Parmesan, if desired; serve.


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