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I'm Christi, a Marketing & Branding Exec and Insta Chef. Here's the deal, I lost 90lbs, but I love food and eating, so I started cooking to reinvent my favorites into healthier alternatives. It's usually healthy, generally paleo-ish, sometimes Whole30. I will never be able to live without good cheese!

Lobster Roll Pasta Salad

Lobster Roll Pasta Salad

Guys, I am so so excited to bring you an awesome summer recipe sponsored by Chickapea Pasta! Let’s start from the beginning shall we? I grew up in an Italian household where the motto was, “let the ingredients speak for themselves.” Simple was always better, and nothing made everyone happier than my favorite, a good bowl of pasta. Fast forward 20 years later, and I can’t touch my favorite food with a 10-foot poll (cue the virtual tears).

So when I found Chickapea pasta, I was extremely excited for two reasons: first and foremost…it was pasta, and second it’s only made with two ingredients. Not only is it gluten free, but it has 27 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber. I thought to myself, “a pasta I don’t have to feel bad about eating? It must be too good to be true!”

As I boiled my first pot of water and patiently waited for my pasta to cook, I thought of everything this pasta could taste like. Then it was the moment of truth, a quick strain, the first bite, and…delicious! It tasted like pasta!

Ok, so now how to turn this delicious pasta into something totally spectacular for all of your summer BBQs, beach trips, and picnics? Well, with Lobster Roll Pasta Salad of course! It’s not only a delicious recipe (I had tasting friends lining up for this one), it’s actually a quick and easy recipe to make with minimal kitchen time. You can cook your lobster, or buy it pre-cooked from your local grocery store or fish monger. I definitely got my “fish guy” involved for this one. You can also substitute the lobster with shrimp or crab.

So I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoyed making it, and be sure to add Chickapea pasta to your shopping list this summer! Check out the recipe and video below!

Ingredients:
1 Box Chickapea Penne Pasta
2 Tbsp. (30mL) Unsalted Butter, melted
2 Cooked Lobsters, meat cut into chunks *
1 Cup (240mL) Celery, chopped
½ Cup (120mL) Scallions, chopped
¼ Cup (60mL) Mayonnaise
Juice of 1 Lemon
Salt, Pepper, and Smoked Paprika to taste
Chopped Chives for garnish</p>*
You can increase or decrease the amount of lobster used. You can also sub with cooked shrimp or cooked crab.

Instructions:

  1. If you are cooking your lobster, do it before you begin the recipe and set aside to cool. Here is a simple recipe for steaming, but adjust your quantities for this recipe.
  2. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil
  3. Cook Chickapea pasta per package instructions until al dente
  4. Run under cool water and set aside
  5. Melt your butter (you can do this in the microwave or on the stove) and set aside to cool a beat
  6. Toss with pasta, and at this point I like to season with a bit of salt and pepper
  7. Combine celery, scallions, and mayonnaise with pasta
  8. Stir in lemon juice
  9. Season again with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika to taste
  10. Gently mix in lobster
  11. Garnish with chives & season again if desired
  12. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve

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