Many Italian dishes have an amazing return on ‘investment': a low number of ingredients and a simple and quick preparation yields a lot of flavor. This is certainly also true for linguine with scallops, although it is fair to say that anything with sea scallops is delicious. This dish takes less than 15 minutes to prepare from start to finish.
The ‘sauce’ of this dish consists of olive oil and the juices from the scallops. Although spaghetti could also be used, linguine is more common for seafood and it has a different texture. Linguine are flatter than spaghetti and also seem smoother. The tricky part of this dish is to cook the garlic and the scallops just right, without overcooking either of them.
75 grams (.16 lb) linguine
1 clove garlic
4 sea scallops, about 150 grams (.33 lb)
1/2 Tbsp minced fresh flat leaf parsley
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
This works well with many unoaked Italian whites that have some roundness to them to go well with the scallops, such as this Verdicchio dei castelli di Jesi.
Another delicious seafood primo two years ago: risotto with jumbo shrimp. This risotto has amazing depth of flavor because it uses the heads and shells of the shrimp to flavor the stock for the risotto.