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Scallops with Tomato Cream Sauce Over Pasta

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Ingredients

  • 1 T. butter
  • EVOO
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole tomatoes, finely chopped (reserve 1/2 cup of juice from tomatoes
  • 2 T. chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 T. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 T. chopped fresh chives
  • 5-6 leaves fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup clam juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Angel hair pasta
  • 1 lb. scallops (approx. 3 per person)
  • Emeril's Essence seasoning

Details

Preparation

Step 1

Heat 1 T. EVOO in large skillet, then add shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes with juice and raise heat before you add wine. When skillet is very hot, add white wine and reduce by 1/2 - 3-4 minutes. Then add clam juice and do the same. Then add cream and tomato paste. Simmer over low heat until sauce has reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes, then add fresh herbs, reserving some for garnish. Season well with salt & pepper.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water and drain, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water just in case.

Season scallops with Essence and lightly salt. In a small skillet, heat 1 T. butter and 1 T. EVOO, then add scallops when pan is well-heated. Saute, turning once, for approx. 2 minutes per side.

Toss pasta into sauce skillet and allow to cook for 1 minute together, adding pasta water if needed to create creamy sauce. Add Parmesan and stir through.

Mound pasta on plates and top with 3 scallops per person, reserved herbs and more Parmesan. Serve immediately.

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