Lobster and Pancetta Spaghetti


It’s official, I’ve found my new favourite pasta. This is @chefneilperry Lobster and Pancetta Spaghetti. Chef Jules Sebastian has used balmain bugs instead and it was wow wow wow. Make this asap. You could swap out the protein for a fav of your own.


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Prep: 10 mins | Cook time: 25 mins | Serves: 4

What you will need:

  • 400g good-quality dried spaghetti
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 50g pancetta, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 250g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp cognac
  • 125ml pouring cream
  • 400g raw balmain bug meat, cut into 2cm chunks
  • 12 flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped


  • Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain, set aside.
  • Meanwhile, put the butter, pancetta, garlic and chilli in a saucepan over medium heat. As soon as the garlic begins to turn golden brown, add the tomato, stirring with a wooden spoon, and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then cook for a further minute. Sprinkle in the cognac, then add the cream and balmain bug meat and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the lobster is just cooked.
  • Add the parsley, give the mixture a final stir and toss in the pasta. Mix well, divide among four bowls and serve. Enjoy!

Credit to @chefneilperry for creating this masterpiece!