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Lemon Pappardelle with Seafood

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This dish is extremely easy to make, but by adding a touch of some great ingredients like fresh herbs, garlic, cream, sweet marinated peppers, and seafood you can please your guests almost effortless!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 6 oz medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 5 oz bay scallops
  • 5 oz calamari, cut into ¼-inch rings
  • ½ cup sweet marinated  red bell pepper
  • ½ cup sweet green peas, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 1 package (16 oz) lemon pepper pappardelle
  •  ½ cup fresh basil, chopped

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan, heat up 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 40 seconds. Add the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper. Bring it to a light boil and stir the tomatoes. Turn the heat to medium low and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and cover to keep it warm.

In a medium skillet, heat up the olive oil until shimmering. Add the shrimp, bay scallops, and calamari and sauté until for about 2 minutes. Drain the water that might have accumulated.

Add the seafood to the sauce. Fold in the marinated bell peppers and peas.

Cook the pappardelle in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain and add to the sauce. Finish with the tarragon and basil. Serve it immediately with a glass of Pinot Grigio.

Notes:

I like to use 2 specific products to make this pasta: “Lemon-Pepper Pappardelle” and “Seafood Blend”, both from Trader Joe’s (see pictures below.) The seafood blend is at the frozen section and is very practical because I don’t need to defrost it before using - since the shrimp is cleaned and the calamari is cut into rings. It is so easy! All I do is making sure that I cook for a little longer (about 4 minutes) and drain the water completely before mixing it with the white sauce. I am not lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s where I live (I have developed this recipe when I lived in San Diego) but every time I go to Indianapolis I grab them (along with 2 cases of Charles Shaw:)

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Another option if you cannot find lemon flavored pasta is to buy regular pappardelle and serve it with fresh lemon wedges on the side.

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Sweet marinated bell peppers are available in jars or at the olive bar at most grocery stores.

This dish is extremely easy to make, but by adding a touch of some great ingredients like fresh herbs, garlic, cream, sweet marinated peppers, and seafood you can please your guests almost effortless!

Nutrition Facts:

4 Servings

Amount Per Serving
 
Calories 776.1
 
Total Fat 59.9 g

Cholesterol 239.6 mg
 
Sodium 190.9 mg
 
Potassium 445.4 mg
 
Total Carbohydrate 32.0 g
          
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
          
Sugars 1.6 g
 
Protein 28.0 g

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