Scallops are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats that can balance your cholesterol levels, reducing your heart disease risk. The high magnesium content in scallops can contribute to heart health as well. This mineral helps relax blood vessels, which can lower your blood pressure and improve circulation.
Bay scallops in basil cream sauce
Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
1/2 pounddry bay scallops1 tablespooncultured unsalted butter1 teaspoonolive oil1 smallspring onion (chopped)1/2 cupdry white wine1 tablespoonlemon juice1/2 cupheavy cream1 teaspoonPernod (or other anise flavoured liqueur)1/4 cupbasil chiffonadesalt (to taste)ground black pepper (to taste)220 gramspasta (I used homemade pappardelle)
The trick with this recipe is to make the sauce ahead, then time the pasta and scallops so they are done at the same time. Depending on the type of pasta you're using it will take different amounts of time, so I'll leave it to your discretion as to when to start the pasta.
For the sauce, heat the olive oil in a pan. Saute the onions until soft and starting to caramelize. Add the wine and lemon juice and reduce until thick and gluggy. Whisk in the cream and Pernod and turn down the heat to keep it warm.
Clean and dry the scallops. Heat a non-teflon pan over high heat until hot. Lightly salt and pepper the scallops. Add the butter to the pan and swirl to melt. When the bubbling subsides add the scallops in a single layer without overcrowding the pan. Sear undisturbed until brown then flip with tongs. Cook until the top 1/3 and bottom 1/3 of the scallop is opaque and the middle 1/3 is still translucent.
Transfer the scallops to a plate then add the cream sauce to the pan that the scallops came out of and deglaze. All that brown fond on the pan adds umami to the sauce. Add the basil to the sauce then put the drained pasta in the sauce and stir to coat.
Plate the pasta then top with the scallops and drizzle any remaining sauce on top.
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