Penne with Lobster, Corn, Zucchini and Arugula
Serves 4 

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

1 onion, quartered 
1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 
3 bay leaves 
1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed 
1 one-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced 
Zest of 1 orange 
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns 
2 live lobsters (1 1/4 pounds each) 
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 bunches 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. 

Per serving: 490 calories, 6 g fat, 89 mg cholesterol, 81 g carbohydrate, 142 mg sodium, 34 g protein, 8 g dietary fiber. 

Photograph by: Anna Williams

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