Sunday, March 8, 2009

30 Minute Pasta

Pasta can be such a quick and easy way to make a luxurious dinner. This dish is one that can be put together in no time with just a little prep work and pre-planning to make sure you have the all the ingredients on hand. One thing needed is creme fraiche, which is an unctuous sour cream kind of sauce. This can be purchased at bigger grocery stores or you can make your own which I did. Chop and grate a few things, cook the pasta, saute the scallops, combine it all together and voila, dinner is ready.Fettuccine with Lemon, Parmesan and Scallops

1 lb. fresh fettuccine (dry can also be used)
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. lemon zest
1 cup creme fraiche, at room temperature (to make your own, combine 1 cup heavy cream with 1/3 cup sour cream and leave at room temperature up to 6 hours then refrigerate)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. medium scallops (16-20 per lb)
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Coat saute pan with 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil and heat until very hot then add scallops and cook 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take scallops out and put on a plate, drizzle with 2 Tbsp. lemon juice and lightly season with salt and pepper. Set aside.Cook fettuccine in a large pot of boiling salted water and cook until pasta is al dente. Drain pasta well and return to the pot. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in the microwave and then add the lemon zest. Pour this over the pasta and toss to mix well. Add the creme fraiche, half of the Parmesan and half of the dill.

To serve, mound some pasta into 4 shallow bowls. Top each serving with 4-5 scallops and then sprinkle each bowl with remaining cheese and dill. Serves 4.


A Feast for the Eyes said...

I love you! I was trying to figure out what to do with creme fraiche I had purchased at Trader Joe's. I bought it for a recipe, and then forgot which one, LOL! Let's see-- scallops, got em. Linguine noodles, yep. I have ALL of the ingredients. Yippee Skippy. I LOVE scallops. You are a genius! Thank you!

PS: I have a bottle of white wine that I think will go great with this. Then again, I'm a beer lover, too.


Big sis said...

I am going to try this one. It looks wonderful and i haven't had scallops for ages.