Creamy Garlic Pasta with Pan Seared ScallopsWine Pairings: Chardonnay
- 6-8 oz. high-quality dried spaghetti or linguine noodles
- 5 Tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
- 6-8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- Fine sea salt, ~ 1 tsp fine, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Crushed red pepper, to taste
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup whole milk, room temperature
- 1/2 cup vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- Parsley to garnish, as desired
- 6-8 Sea Scallops, pat dry
- Optional: squeeze of lemon or lemon zest
Cook pasta just under al dente according to package directions. Be sure to reserve approximately 1/2 - 1 cup pasta water. While pasta cooks, begin making the sauce and let the scallops come to room temperature.
Add 3 tablespoons butter to a large skillet over medium-low heat and let the butter melt. Add the thinly sliced garlic cloves and let cook for 2-4 minutes until garlic becomes slightly tender, being careful to not burn them. Add salt, pepper, and a dash of red pepper flakes as desired. Stir in flour until combined completely and cook for an additional minute, continuing to stir so it doesn’t burn. Stir in milk and vegetable stock until combined and bring to a low simmer. Add the just-under al dente noodles to the sauce and stir to combine. Let simmer on low for about 1-2 minutes, adding additional pasta water as needed until your desired sauce consistency is reached (usually about 1/3 cup). Stir in parmesan cheese until melted and remove pasta from heat.
Pat scallops dry and generously coat with salt and pepper on the tops and bottoms. As the sauce finishes cooking, heat a smaller stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 2 TBSP butter and let melt.
Once the butter is hot and slightly bubbly, add the scallops “standing up” on the flat edge. Let cook for approximately 1-2 minutes (depending on their size) until a golden crust forms. Flip the scallops (they should easily come up, if not, cook a little longer) and cook for another 1-2 minutes until a golden crust forms and the inside is translucent. Remove from heat and top pasta with scallops.
Optional: squeeze a lemon on top, or stir in lemon zest, for added brightness to the pasta. Garnish with fresh parsley as desired.
Serves 2 or 4 small salads / Recipe from www.forkinthekitchen.com