Ovest Cucina Tagliolini al Nero con Sugo di Aragosta (Squid Ink Tagliolini with a Lobster Sauce)

For our latest Toronto Chef recipe, we got sent this Tagliolini al Nero con Sugo di Aragosta (Squid Ink Tagliolini with a Lobster Sauce) from the folks over at Ovest Cucina e Vineria in Toronto.

Tagliolini Ovest Cucina

Serves 4


For the Lobster Stock:

-2 Nova Scotia lobster shells
-3 tbsp. tomato paste/concentrate 1 medium yellow onion
-2 stalks of celery
-2-3 bay leaves
-2-3 sprigs of thyme
-4 litres of water

For the Squid Ink Pasta:

-500gr 00 Pasta/Pizza Flour
-3 whole eggs
-9 egg yolks
-1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 pinch of salt
-2 tbsp. cuttlefish or squid ink

For the Sauce:

-1 litre finished lobster stock (recipe above)
-1 small shallot (finely diced)
-5 tbsp. of cured cherry tomatoes in oil (substitute 3 tbsp. of sundried tomatoes chopped)
-8 tbsp. of pure cherry tomatoes (canned) (substitute 8 tbsp. of plain tomato sauce) 8 sprigs of fresh chives
-4 tbsp. of unsalted butter
meat of 2 lobster (tails/knuckles/claws)

Method Pasta

For the pasta combine all of the ingredients in a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment and mix on low speed for 10 minutes. The dough should come together within 2-3 minutes of mixing. If the dough appears to be wet add 1-2 tbsps. of flour, if the dough seems dry and crumbles add 1-2 tbsps. of water. The dough should combine
and be firm and resist when you push your finger into it.

*A note on cuttlefish/squid ink. Most reputable fishmongers in the city carry this product either refrigerated or frozen. If you are having issues sourcing this ingredient try smaller fish shops and ethnic food markets in your city.

Once the pasta is mixed wrap it with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 30-60 minutes.
Using an electric or hand powered pasta machine roll the sheets of pasta out to 2mm in thickness. Start on the highest number and work your way down one number at a time on the dial of thickness until you achieve 2mm.

Once you have the pasta rolled out divide the sheet into 4 equal portions. If you have a cutting attachment for tagliolini then use that. If not, flour the sheets of pasta, fold in half, flour again and fold in half. Using a sharp knife cut fine ribbons 2-3mm in thickness. Separate the strands of pasta and dust in flour to prevent clumping. Store pasta covered in the fridge until ready to use.

Lobster + Lobster Stock

The next step is to blanch the lobster. When selecting lobsters make sure they are lively. The freshness of the lobster is key in this dish. Bring 10-12 litres of salted water to a boil and blanch the lobster for 7mins for 1lbs. lobsters and 9-10mins for 1 1/4-1 1⁄2 lbs. lobsters. Remove lobsters and shock in a bowl of iced water to stop the cooking. Once the lobsters are cooled proceed to remove the tail, knuckle and claw meat. Keep the tail and claw meat intact for presentation. Cut the lobster tails in half length-wise.

*A note on cooking lobsters for this dish. If the lobsters are slightly undercooked they will finish cooking in the final sauce.

With the shells from the now cleaned lobster combine the rest of the ingredients in a pot and allow to gently simmer for 1 hour. Strain the stock through a fine strainer and allow it to cool before storing. Lasts 3 days in the fridge.


For the sauce begin by lightly sautéing the shallots in extra virgin olive oil for 1-2 minutes on medium heat. Add the cured cherry tomatoes; if those are unavailable add chopped sundried tomatoes and sauté for an additional minute to release the flavour into the oil. Add the tomato puree/sauce to stop the cooking of the shallots then add the finished lobster stock. Reduce the liquid by 1/8. While reducing the sauce add the lobster meat once nearly done to heat and cook through if needed.

To Serve

Bring 6 litres of salted water to a boil. Cook the fresh pasta for 2-3 minutes. Drain and reserve 250ml of the pasta water. Combine the cooked squid ink pasta, the sauce and butter. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, glazing the pasta with the sauce. Add a few spoons of the pasta water if necessary to thin the sauce out if it has over reduced. Divide the pasta into 4 pasta bowls or plates. Garnish the tops of the pasta with the cherry tomatoes and lobster tails and claws. Add finely cut chives to garnish.

Serve immediately.


See our article on Ovest Cucine e Vineria HERE.

Visit Ovest Cucina e Vineria on their website – http://ovest-to.com/

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