Monday, January 23, 2012

Grilled Scallops with Angel Hair Pasta

-1lb angel hair pasta
-1lb bay scallops (or 16 sea scallops)
-6 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 cp flat leaf parsley, chopped
-1/4 cp extra virgin olive oil
-1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
-1/2 dry white wine
-zest & juice of 1 lemon
-5 tbsp cold unsealed butter
-salt & pepper to taste

-cook pasta according to box to al dente (when done, reserve a cup of starchy water before draining)
-in a bowl, combine the garlic, salt & pepper and olive oil
-in another bowl, toss scallops in half of the oil mixture (above), toss to coat then grill (in a pan) 2-3 minutes until firm and opaque
-in large skillet, cook other half of the oil mixture with the pepper flakes until the garlic browns.
-add wine, cook for 2 minutes
-add lemon zest & juice, cook 2 minutes
-add butter, cook until melted
-add scallops and drained pasta, combine together, add salt & pepper to taste (add starchy water if needed)
Serve Hot

This dish is quite popular in our house. We've used it for dinner guests as well and it always goes over well (except with very picky eaters). It is referred to simply as "the pasta" and that says a lot considering I make quite a few pasta dishes :)
Hope you try and hope you like.

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