Creamy Lemon Lobster Pappardelle

This lobster pappardelle is tossed with a creamy Meyer lemon goat cheese sauce. It’s the perfect holiday or special occasion meal to impress.

Last week I was walking through the meat department of a local grocery store that’s pretty much the only place nearby I can buy local, grass fed beef and organic chicken, filling my cart to the brim with both when I turned around to start making my way down to the pork section (hello, bacon!) only to look up and make eye contact with what I can only describe as a Pee-wee Herman type freakish stare from some random dude. The way he looked at me made me feel like I should know him but nothing about his face seemed familiar. I smiled and tried to look away when he bursts out with “well, YOU’RE certainly not a vegetarian!”. The whole thing caught me so off guard my only reaction was to half giggle and say “nope, I’m not” as I quickly pushed my cart past him. The way he said it was so condescending and with such disgust in his voice that I really wish I had thought quick enough on my feet to ask him what the hell he was doing in the meat department if he so clearly was a vegetarian?

Creamy Lemon Lobster Pappardelle

I also wish I had the quick thinking to tell him I was on my way to the seafood department after that to bring home some live lobster and KILL THEM MYSELF for this pasta (except they only ended up having tails) but unfortunately most of my sass only comes to me once it’s too late.

Creamy Goat Cheese Lemon Lobster Pappardelle

Every Christmas Eve, my family does the whole fish thing. We’re not hardcore Italian enough to do the 7 fish or anything but there’s always lots of shrimp cocktail, linguine with clam sauce and baked breaded flounder filet. I like fish, but of all fish, flounder, breaded and served with lemon is pretty much the most BORING way you can possibly think of to serve it. And yet, we do it every year. #lame.

This year, however, instead of the big family thing per usual, it’s just me and my parents. My brother is doing Christmas Eve with his wife’s family and Ulysses is working so that leaves a whopping 3 of us for dinner and I refuse to eat boring ass breaded flounder.

Lemon Lobster Pappardelle in Creamy Goat Cheese Sauce

Enter lobster, pappardelle (which I’ve spelled incorrectly no less than 15 times while writing this post), meyer lemon and goat cheese.

Vegetarian Pee-wee Herman man might not approve, but I sure as heck do. It’s creamy, bright, comforting (love the thick wide noodles of pappardelle) and of course fancy because duh, lobster.

Looking for other fish options for Christmas Eve?
This almond crusted tilapia or lemony tomato herb scallops are two other great choices!

Creamy Lemon Lobster Pappardelle

Creamy Lemon Lobster Pappardelle

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This lobster pappardelle is tossed with a creamy Meyer lemon goat cheese sauce. It's the perfect holiday or special occasion meal to impress.


  • 2 lobster tails
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound pappardelle
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • zest from 2 Meyer lemons
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter on a stove top grill pan over medium- high heat.
  2. Trim legs off underside of lobster tail and place them shell side up on grill pan.
  3. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side until cooked through and red. Remove from grill pan and set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pappardelle and cook according to package directions.
  5. While pasta cooks, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute.
  7. Add the flour and whisk to combine with the butter and garlic, cook 1 minute.
  8. Add the milk and lemon juice and whisk until thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  9. Add the goat cheese and whisk until melted.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce with the zest and parsley and toss until completely coated.
  12. Place pasta in serving bowls and top with lobster tails.
  13. Garnish with extra parsley and serve with toasted bread.


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  1. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    O.M.G!!!!! This looks and sounds amazing! I’m Italian enough to do the 7 fish…when I’m at my parents’! Celebrating away from them only gets 1 or 2 fish, and this would be FAB to include. Love it! Merry Christmas!

  2. Alicia

    Yum!! We actually made lobster tail for Christmas Day, and it was my first experience with it. It turned out so well and I am no longer intimidated by it! I will have to venture out and make this now that I have the intimidating part handled!

  3. Shari

    I am planning on making this dish for my in-laws for New Year’s Eve. I just had a question — what would you recommend substituting for the goat cheese. I am not a fan.

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

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  5. Nancy

    Decadent recipe, too lemony though. I would cut way back on the zest. Maybe substitute white wine or fish stock for some of the lemon juice. The goat cheese gave it a nice twang but Parmesan would be my next choice. Maybe a little chopped baco or ham would work too. Goes great with bubbly!


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