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Seared Scallops with Spaghetti in a Tarragon Sauce

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Tangles of spaghetti are coated with tangy lemon butter sauce and studded with salty olives. Extra-large scallops take this dish to the next level. This dish also has a traditional Sicilian element: seasoned breadcrumbs.

30MIN

Total Cooking Time

17

Ingredients
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Ingredients
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Servings:
2
Serves 2
1 cup
Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 cup
8 oz
Spaghetti
1/2 cup
6
Jumbo Scallops
1/4 cup
1
Shallot
1/2 cup
Breadcrumbs
3 cloves
2
Scallions
1 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
3 Tbsp
Oil
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Directions

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Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 2
Place Breadcrumbs (1/2 cup) and Ground Black Pepper (1/2 tsp) on a sheet pan lined with foil. Zest Lemon (1) onto a plate. Sprinkle half of the zest over the bread crumbs, reserving the remainder for garnish.
Step 3
Add Oil (1 Tbsp) and mix well. Lay crumbs evenly and bake for three minutes.
Step 4
Toss and cook additionally for three minute or until golden brown. Do not burn! Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Step 5
Bring eight cups of water to a boil with Salt (1 Tbsp) in a large saucepan. Meanwhile, mince Garlic (3 cloves) and Shallot (1) .
Step 6
Remove leaves from Fresh Basil (2/3 cup) and Tarragon (1/2 cup) , discard stems and roughly chop leaves. Roughly chop the olives and set aside. Thinly slice the Scallions (2) on a long bias cut and hold for garnish.
Step 7
Juice the lemon into a small bowl and remove any seeds with a fork.
Step 8
Once water is at a full boil, add Spaghetti (8 oz) and cook for eight minutes.
Step 9
After one minute of cooking, continue to separate the noodles, every three to four minutes while cooking to avoid sticking together.
Step 10
Reserve a quarter cup of pasta water for sauce before draining. Drain pasta. If pasta is cooked before sauce is done, drain and toss with a little olive oil to avoid sticking until plating. The pasta should still have a bite to it.
Step 11
Heat a large saute pan over high heat and add Oil (1 Tbsp) with the garlic and shallots. Cook for one minute.
Step 12
Add the Cherry Tomatoes (1 cup) whole. Cook undisturbed for approximately one minute.
Step 13
Reduce heat to medium-low and add Tarragon, Fresh Basil, lemon juice, Butter (1/4 cup) , the quarter cup of reserved pasta water, a pinch of salt, and Ground Black Pepper (1/4 tsp) .
Step 14
Cook for three minutes or until tomatoes begin to blister and pop. Remove from heat and hold until plating.
Step 15
Pat dry Jumbo Scallops (6) with paper towels to remove all moisture. Remove small muscle, if attached, on the side of the scallop and discard. Season scallops on both sides with Salt (1/2 tsp) .
Step 16
Heat a medium saute pan over high heat. Once pan is hot, add Oil (1 Tbsp) and add each scallop one at a time. Cook two to three minutes on one side undisturbed to create a golden sear.
Step 17
Turn scallops over and cook one minute on the second side. Remove from heat and hold for plating.
Step 18
Heat sauce and slightly smash tomatoes with a fork if needed. Add Green Peas (1/2 cup) , Kalamata Olives (2 Tbsp) and pasta to the sauce and toss well. Toss with half of the breadcrumbs.
Step 19
Using tongs, grab a portion of spaghetti and twirl the pasta with heigh in the center of the plate. Repeat on the second plate. Sprinkle remaining bread crumbs over the pasta. On each plate lay three scallops side by side leaning against the pasta.
Step 20
Garnish with green onions and remaining lemon zest.
Step 21
Serve and enjoy!

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