Tagliolini with Black Beluga Lentils and Butter Poached Lobster


Pasta y Fagioli is a classic of Italian cuisine. Derived from la Cucina Povera (cuisine of poverty) Italians have long combined pasta and legumes for a nutritional punch above its weight. This elegant variation is la Cucina Povera elevated to the “n”th degree. Tagliolini is tagliatelle that is ½ the width. If you don’t have the resources to make the pasta, any quality tagliolini (or tagliatelle) will do. Fettucine is too thick for this dish. If all else fails use spaghettini!



  • 1 lb fine durum semolina
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp of water
  • ½ tsp salt (processed in a coffee grinder to be quite fine)


Combine ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Wrap in plastic and let rest 1 hour before rolling

Using a pasta machine, roll out pasta to quite thin, and then cut in 3 mm strips. Dust with flour and hold until ready to cook



  • 1 litre full bodied vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup black beluga lentils
  • 2 tbsp good quality extra virigin olive oil
  • 1 tsp 35% cream
  • 2 tbsp parmigiano reggiano, grated
  • 6 lobster claws, parcooked and de shelled
  • ¼ cup butter, salted
  • 2 tbsp good quality white wine
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped


Bring vegetable stock and salt to a boil, reduce heat to medium and add beluga lentils. Simmer 15 minutes or until a little past al dente. Drain immediately and reserve.

Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt liberally add a splash of olive oil.

In a small pot warm the butter and wine until butter melts. Add lobster claws and warm through, about two minutes. Turn heat off and hold.

In the large pot of boiling water, add pasta and cook one to two minutes or until al dente. Drain in a colander, reserving 2 tbsp of the cooking water.

In a large metal bowl, combine the lentils, pasta, extra virgin olive oil, parmigiano, cream and reserved pasta cooking water; toss to combine all.

Divide pasta and lentils among six warmed serving bowls and top each with a warm lobster claw.

Sprinkle each dish with a little Italian parsley and serve immediately.


Serves 6