When it comes to food for Valentine’s day, I often think simple is best. Not many would be unhappy with a good steak, some mussels in white wine or some tasty scallops. This scallop pasta takes the best of your simple pasta dishes with garlic and white wine and adds some delicious scallops. It’s easy to make but you don’t need to admit that part. And while it may not look like much, it has a wonderful flavor that’s sure to be a hit.
My husband and I have a bit of a habit of ordering the same thing in restaurants. It could be embarrassing at first, and often one of us would choose something else just to be different. Now we’ve grown used to it. It’s not exactly a bad thing to have similar tastes in food, after all. These days, if I don’t order the same, it can be because I’m trying to choose something that works to give a bit to the kids. And sometimes I need to try a little of his to see what I’m missing!
I remember one time when this happened was in a lovely restaurant in Portland, Maine, when my eldest was relatively young so he was sharing part of my meal. My husband ordered what I would have opted for myself – grilled lobster over linguine with garlic and butter. From the bit I tried it was delicious and I was happy to order it myself when we returned over a year later.
This scallop pasta is inspired by that dish as an easier version to make at home, but which still feels that bit special. Making the sauce with wine adds a lovely complementary flavor to the dish and allows you to use a bit less butter as well. I made it here with bucatini, (and made a bit too much, in case you think the pan looks a bit full – I have adjusted the amount of pasta in the recipe below!) but you could use any pasta. I think bucatini or linguini probably work best here, though.
How it’s made
This is really easy to make and the sauce all comes together while you cook the pasta. You simply lightly cook the garlic, add the scallops and sear them then deglaze the pan with wine. Add in a little parsley and then mix through the cooked pasta.
Scallop pasta is such a simple but flavorful meal. I for one would much rather enjoy something like this at home for Valentine’s day than join the hoards in a busy restaurant. Or find any old excuse to enjoy this, because it’s definitely better than a once-a-year meal.
Scallop pasta with garlic and white wine
An easy meal that feels like you're in a posh restaurant!
- 8 oz pasta eg bucatini, linguini (225g)
- 1 clove garlic large
- 1/2 tbsp butter (10g)
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 lb scallops
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 3 tbsp chopped parsley
Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions - typically around 7-10min in a large pot of boiling water.
As you are boiling the water for the pasta, finely chop the garlic and parsley. Remove any muscle on the side on the scallops and split any large/thick ones in half.
Once you start cooking the pasta, heat the butter and oil in a medium-large skillet/frying pan over a medium heat and add the garlic. Cook for a minute then add the scallops. leave them to cook for a couple minutes until you see them starting to cook around the side. Turn and cook on the other side - they should have a light sear.
Once both sides of the scallops are cooked, add the wine and deglaze the pan - scrape away any browning from the bottom. Cook for a minute as you do this.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the cooked, drained pasta once it has cooked, along with the parsley, and carefully toss together before serving.
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And for more Valentine’s day inspiration:
- Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas by Pies and Plots
- Chicken Marsala by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Classic Coq Au Vin for Two by The Crumby Cupcake
- Creamy Parmesan Skillet Eggs by The Texan New Yorker
- Date Night Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry by Gourmet Every Day
- Orange Chicken by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Spicy Salsa Chicken by Simple and Savory
- Chicken and Spinach Pasta with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce by Pook’s Pantry
- One Pan Shrimp and Asparagus Linguini by Jersey Girl Cooks
- Scallop Pasta with Garlic and White Wine by Caroline’s Cooking
- Skillet Rigatoni alla Vodka for Two by Eat, Drink and be Tracy
Red Meat Recipes
- Filet Mignon with Shiitake Mushrooms by Cooking Chat
- French Onion Filet Mignon by The Chef Next Door
- Honey Lime Steak Kebabs by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Mini Mushroom Meatloaf by Cricket’s Confections
- Mushroom Topped Pepper Steak for Two by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pan Seared Sirloin Steak Dinner for Two by Life Tastes Good
- Pan-Seared Nutella Skirt Steak by Brunch-n-Bites
- Petit Filet with Red Wine Pan Sauce & Garlic Mash by Authentically Candace
- Rack of Lamb with Strawberry Mint Glaze by Sunday Supper Movement
- Steak Au Poivre by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Baked Salmon with Ginger Marinade by Feeding Big
- Crab Caesar Salad by What Smells So Good?
- Crab Imperial by Monica’s Table
- Creamy Shrimp & Sausage Skillet by Crazed Mom
- Grilled Swordfish with Husk Cherry Salsa by From the Bookshelf
- Peppadew Trout en Croûte by Food Lust People Love
- Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Cream Sauce by Soulfully Made
- Surf and Turf for Two by The Freshman Cook
- Colorful Matchstick Salad with Mint Vinaigrette by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Curried Split Peas by Wholistic Woman
- Edamame Waldorf Salad by Ninja Baker
- Saffron and Leek Risotto – Served 2 Ways by Sprinkles and Sprouts
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