Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Scallop Fettucine with Mushrooms, Spinach, & Roasted Garlic

Last week was Spring Break for my two daughters, so I took some time off from work, blogging, and responsibilities in general.  Oh, how nice it was!!  We went home to see my parents in Nashville, Arkansas, where I grew up.  Gianna, my 8 year old, has the maturity of a 30 year old it sometimes seems.  An old soul for sure.  She collaborated with my dad to write the account of our escape from Vietnam during the fall of Saigon while I made dinner.  Since I just got home from parent teacher conferences with the girls' teachers, I have to say that I am so proud of the education they've received throughout the years at Miss Selma's and now at Baker Elementary.  As one mother put it today, if we could stay at Baker all through high school, we certainly would!   
This dish starts with searing the sea scallops over medium high heat on a nonstick pan.  My mom has got a really good nonstick Calphalon pan.
In another step, dry white wine is added.  You can also always add as much butter as you'd like as well!  Turn up the heat to cook off the alcohol.  Then reduce.  I know I said before that I was only cooking with shirataki noodles, but my parents had the old fashioned dry pasta variety.  You cook with what you have!
  • Large Sea Scallops, Diver if you can get them. 
  • 1 package of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 half stick of butter
  • 3 sliced green onions
  • 1 half bag of baby spinach
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1 half package of fettucine pasta
  • Olive oil
  • 1 half cup of white wine or chicken stock
  • Juice of one lemon
  1. To make the roasted garlic, peel away the outer skin leaving a thin layer.  Barely cut off the top of the garlic.  Tear off a piece of aluminum foil.  Place the garlic heads on top, drizzle with olive oil, and close up the aluminum foil.  Cook in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Cook the pasta per package instructions.  Drain, then pour into a bowl.  Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss to mix.
  3. Melt half of the butter in a nonstick pan with a drizzle of olive oil.  When hot, add the scallops.  Cook about 4 minutes per side or until the top and bottom are nicely browned.  Then remove scallops from the pan and add to the pasta.
  4. To the pan, add more butter with the mushrooms and lemon juice.  Add the green onions and toss to cook.  Add the white wine.  Turn up the heat for one minute to let the alcohol cook off.
  5. Add more butter if you want more sauce, until it is the consistency that you like.  Add the spinach in the end.  It doesn't take long to wilt.  Then add the pasta and scallops back in.
  6. The roasted garlic is easy to remove once it's cooled.  You can squeeze it out or you can peel away the skin.  Add to the pan, and you're done!

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  1. I didn't follow this exactly, I didn't roast the garlic; I minced 2 cloves and cooked it along with the mushrooms and green onions, also used red wine instead (it's all I had) and added some fresh tomatoes. It was delicious.

  2. Sounds delicious, Anonymous! Thanks for stopping by! No white wine on hand? Never in my house! ;)

    1. Oh, plenty of white, just not dry!

    2. You could probably even get away with an everyday, cheap white wine when cooking with such a small amount! I like to buy four packs of sauvignon blanc for things like this! (Not giving up a drop of my Ferrari Carano though)

  3. I've been cooking peppers and onions in the skillet on the grill a lot lately. I'll have to add jalapenos next time. Yum. I like cooking bacon that way too, although hot fat + open flame adds a nice element of danger. I used to get flank steak, but my husband got me to try the carne asada cut from our local market, and I prefer it. Not sure if it's thin-cut flank or skirt (I'll have to ask), but it looks like this 

  4. This recipe was very simple my family enjoyed it. The only thing I added Alfredo sauce and it was very good none left in the pan lol.Thanks again