Seared Scallops & Bucatini with Sautéed Vegetables, Ricotta & Pistachios
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Seared Scallops & Bucatini

with Sautéed Vegetables, Ricotta & Pistachios

45 MIN
+$12.00/serving 4 Servings
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INGREDIENT IN FOCUS
Similar in shape to thick spaghetti, bucatini noodles are hollow, with a hole (or “buco”) in the center. They’re perfect for soaking up our thin, buttery sauce in this dish.

TECHNIQUE TO HIGHLIGHT
To give these delicate, tender sea scallops a crisp, golden brown exterior, be sure to thoroughly pat them dry before searing, as excess moisture will prevent that delicious browning.
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Seared Scallops & Bucatini with Sautéed Vegetables, Ricotta & Pistachios
Title
  • 20 oz Sustainably Sourced Sea Scallops
  • ¾ lb Bucatini Pasta
  • 5 oz Baby Spinach
  • ½ lb Sugar Snap Peas
  • 4 oz Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 bunch Chives
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 2 Tbsps Roasted Pistachios
  • 2 oz Salted Butter
  • 1 cup Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Verjus Rouge
  • 1 oz Pickled Peppadew Peppers
time-saving
tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Pull off and discard the tough string that runs the length of each snap pea pod. Halve the tomatoes. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Thinly slice the chives. Pick the mint leaves off the stems. Roughly chop the pistachios. Roughly chop the peppers. In a bowl, combine the ricotta and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

Cook the peas & tomatoes
2 Cook the peas & tomatoes

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the prepared peas and halved tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened and lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the pasta
3 Cook the pasta

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook & halve the scallops
4 Cook & halve the scallops

Meanwhile, pat the scallops dry with paper towels. Using your hands, remove and discard the tough side muscle from each scallop. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned scallops in an even layer. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, halve each cooked scallop.

Cook the spinach & onion
5 Cook the spinach & onion

In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the spinach; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted. Turn off the heat.

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked spinach and onion, butter, verjus, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined and the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat; gently stir in the halved scallops and chopped parsley. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the sliced chives. On a separate serving dish, spread the seasoned ricotta into an even layer. Top with the cooked peas and tomatoes and garnish with the mint leaves (tearing just before adding), chopped pistachios, and chopped peppers. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Pull off and discard the tough string that runs the length of each snap pea pod. Halve the tomatoes. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Thinly slice the chives. Pick the mint leaves off the stems. Roughly chop the pistachios. Roughly chop the peppers. In a bowl, combine the ricotta and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

2 Cook the peas & tomatoes

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the prepared peas and halved tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened and lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the peas & tomatoes
Cook the pasta
3 Cook the pasta

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

4 Cook & halve the scallops

Meanwhile, pat the scallops dry with paper towels. Using your hands, remove and discard the tough side muscle from each scallop. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned scallops in an even layer. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, halve each cooked scallop.

Cook & halve the scallops
Cook the spinach & onion
5 Cook the spinach & onion

In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the spinach; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted. Turn off the heat.

6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked spinach and onion, butter, verjus, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined and the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat; gently stir in the halved scallops and chopped parsley. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the sliced chives. On a separate serving dish, spread the seasoned ricotta into an even layer. Top with the cooked peas and tomatoes and garnish with the mint leaves (tearing just before adding), chopped pistachios, and chopped peppers. Enjoy!

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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