I began by making the filling. I boiled the lobster tail in some water and seasoning, a pretty basic mix. While that cooked, I prepped the other ingredients by chopping a shallot and some mushrooms I had on hand. I sauteed both of these with some garlic in butter until soft. I seasoned it up with some red pepper flakes, pepper and smidge of salt. I then added the lobster to get all the flavors to really marry together. I set this aside, let it cool, and added some Mascarpone cheese, chives and parsley for good measure. I set it aside and started to work on my pasta.
For the pasta dough, I mixed flour, eggs, olive oil and bit of salt together in my mixer with the dough hook attachment. I ended up adding a little water to get the texture that I wanted and let it sit for a bit before rolling it out.
I love our pasta maker attachment for the KitchenAid. We use it way more than I ever thought we would. I took this pasta class at Williams Sonoma a while back and from that moment, I had to have the pasta maker. A great investment for our household, but that is because we like to make our pasta rather than buying it. So after 20 minutes, I got to work with the dough by cutting it into four sections. I hand pressed it a little and began feeding it through the roller. If you have a roller, begin on the first setting and run it through a few items to get the elastic feeling in the dough. Between passes, fold in the ends of the dough to make a tri-fold each time to get it mixed well. Then, move on to setting 2 with one pass, setting 3, 4 and then 5 to achieve the length you desire.
It was a delicious dish and a great way to spend about one hour of my afternoon. And the leftovers the next day were great! The noodles soaked up the butter and were just as delicious.
Did you recently have a snow day, and if so, cook anything delicious?