Giada De Laurentiis Shares the Secret to Making Her Aunt Raffy’s ‘Decadent’ Lobster Fra Diavolo


One of the family members of Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis, who knows food almost as much as she does her Aunt Raffy.

The daughter of famed Hollywood producer Dino De Laurentiis, Raffi knows her way around a kitchen. And her niece, Giada, recently proudly posted a share-worthy recipe from her aunt that she called “fall,” yet “simple.”

Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis | Gustavo Caballero / Getty Images for SOBEWFF

Meet Giada De Laurentiis’ Aunt Raffy

Giadaada at home The host’s Aunt Raffy’s name is Rafaella De Laurentiis and she is the sister of Giada’s mother, Veronica. As mentioned, Raffi and Veronica’s father was Hollywood producer Dino De Laurentiis, famous for his films king kong, barbarella, and Hannibal.

Like his father, Rafi is also an accomplished filmmaker, with films such as Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, Dune, prancer, Dragon: The Bruce Lee StoryMILF in all movies Dragon Heart Chain, The Forbidden Kingdom, and kill the winner under his belt.

Growing up, Giada was intimidated by her aunt and her fearlessness in pursuing her dreams as a filmmaker and credits her as a major influence on her cooking style, as she told Shape.

“I learned the tradition from my grandfather, who grew up selling pasta in Naples; Simplicity from my mother, who had four children and had to eat at the table early every night; And creativity from my aunt, who is my cooking soul mate,” said the mother of one.

De Laurentiis said her aunt helps with her Food Network program. “She finds recipes and we turn them over. We’ve been doing this since childhood.”

What do you need to make Aunt Raffy Lobster Fra Diavolo?

Apparently, Giada is working toward getting permission to reprint her aunt’s recipe as she wrote in an Instagram post this week: “@auntraffy made this recipe a couple of weeks ago and finally got her to give me the recipe.” Convinced for… decadent and simple ingredient highlights. Recipe at @thegiadzy (find Lobster Fra Diavolo).

She not only posted the recipe; She also revealed the secret of the recipe’s deliciousness. “The key to this recipe is the Pomodorini tomatoes. Italian grocery stores will carry them, as will some specialty markets, but you can also get my absolute favorites from our stores. (Aunt Raffi agrees—says they’re the world I have the best tomatoes!’) Because Pomodorini tomatoes are so sweet and vibrant, you don’t have to cook them for very long. That’s the beauty of them!”

This lobster fra diavolo pasta calls for olive oil, garlic cloves, crushed red pepper, lobster tail meat, white wine, canned Pomodorini cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, chilled butter and fresh mint.

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How to make Raffies Lobster Fry Diavolo

For this dish, (Full recipe instructions) Here), Giada says to cook the lobster tail and pasta first. She notes that, depending on the appetites of your guests, you may want to have more lobster tail meat on hand than recipe lists.

Slice the cooked lobster tail meat and set aside. In a skillet, fry the garlic, in the shell of the lobster meat, and the red pepper flakes over medium heat. salt and pepper to taste. Discard the shell. The wine is mixed with tomatoes, basil and lobster meat until heated through. Add the linguine and butter, mix all together and serve with fresh mint. Enjoy it!

As Giada wrote on her blog, “This dish is quite popular in my family, especially at Christmas time when seafood is a holiday tradition for Italians. However, if you want to make something extra special it can be served any season.” I have a one-of-a-kind dish to eat – nothing makes a dish feel festive like lobster!”

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