This easy fettuccine with scallops recipe is tossed with lemon cream sauce. Perfect for a no-fail romantic dinner or an impressive dinner party.
We find this fettuccine with scallops to be easy as can be and exactly what you need for a no-fail romantic supper for two. Actually, it’s also perfect when you play with the proportions and make more for a small dinner party. Here’s how to pull it off with ease.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Fettuccine with Scallops
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 30 M
- Serves 2
- About 1/2 pound (250 grams) dried fettuccine or linguine or 3/4 pound fresh fettuccine or linguine
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- About 1/2 pound bay or sea scallops (fresh not frozen)
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons finely minced shallots (1 or 2 plump shallots)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest, preferably organic
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons finely minced chervil leaves (or, if unavailable, use flat-leaf parsley)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1. Bring a large pot of water to a vigorous boil.
- 2. While the water comes to a boil, pat the scallops thoroughly dry with paper towels. If the scallops have a tough little rectangular portion on the side that’s uncharacteristically dense and hard, trim and discard it.
- 3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Let the oil get very hot but not smoking. Add the scallops and sear on both sides, turning once, until almost cooked through. Remove the scallops from the skillet but keep the skillet on the stove.
- 4. Turn the heat beneath the skillet down to medium-low and add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pan along with the minced shallots. Cook, stirring, until the shallots are softened and tender but do not let them brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Add the cream and, stirring constantly, bring it to a gentle simmer. (If your pasta is still a while from being done, remove the skillet from the heat, cover to keep warm, and then return to a gentle simmer before proceeding.) Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, chervil, and, if you feel it’s necessary, a very small ladleful of pasta water to the sauce and cook just until the sauce thickens, anywhere from 1 to 4 minutes.
- 5. Meanwhile, add the pasta and plenty of salt to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add the cream sauce and scallops and toss gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and pile onto plates.