Sunday Supper...Lemon -Ricotta Pasta with Peas and Seared Scallops

We pinned this recipe as well as shared the image on facebook this week...

The likes and repins just keep coming, so we thought we just had to try this for Sunday Supper.

  Great scallops and pasta are two of our favorite things...if you don't care for scallops, chicken or shrimp could be substituted.

Lemon-Ricotta Pasta with Peas and Seared Scallops

Doesn't this look divine?

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Ingredients

1 box pappardelle or fettuccine pasta

12 large fresh sea scallops

4 tbsp good-quality olive oil, divided

1 tbsp butter

Zest of 1 lemon

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 cups fresh green peas, shelled and blanched

4 tbsp fresh thyme, minced (pref lemon thyme, if you have it)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 container (475g) ricotta cheese

Cook the pasta per package directions until al dente. While pasta is cooking, rinse scallops and pat dry. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter over high heat in a skillet until foamy. Sprinkle scallops with a little salt and pepper; place in skillet in single layer. Cook, turning once, until brown on outside and just opaque in center, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside. Drain pasta and return to the pot over low heat. Stir in lemon zest, juice, remaining 3 tbsp olive oil, peas, and thyme. Toss to coat, then season with salt and lots of pepper. Add the ricotta and mix gently until pasta is coated evenly.

To serve, divide the pasta between four plates, topping each with three scallops and a sprig of fresh thyme.

Recipe from: http://www.crumbblog.com/2008/06/easy-peasy-and-lemon-squeezy.html

My suggestions...

Reserve some of the pasta water to thin the sauce.

Start with about half as much of the lemon juice and ricotta cheese and add to your taste.

Don't overcook the scallops...but we like ours a tad more done than seared.

We've been pinning a lot of fun Summer drinks lately ...this weekend was a good time to try a few...

Blackberry Sage Cooler

This is pretty, delicious, and non-alcoholic

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Ingredients:

15 medium sage leaves

4 tablespoons sugar

1 cup water

8 ounces of blackberries

Bring the water and sugar to a boil over high heat just until sugar dissolves.  Crush the sage leaves with the back of a spoon and add to the syrup mixture and set aside to let the sage infuse for 15 minutes and then remove the herbs.

Meanwhile puree the blackberries in the blender and then strain the mixture through a fine strainer.

To serve place a tablespoon of the blackberry puree in the bottom of a glass, add a tablespoon of the sage syrup and top off with 8 ounces of club soda.

Recipe from :

http://scalingbackblog.com/post/9336405396/blackberry-sage-cooler

Another yummy treat...

Strawberry-Lemon Mojitos

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 lemon wedges

24 mint leaves, plus 4 mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)

4 strawberries, plus 2 halved strawberries, for garnish

Ice cubes, plus crushed ice

8 ounces gold or aged rum

3 ounces fresh lemon juice

2 ounces prepared sugarcane syrup or agave nectar

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon wedges with the whole strawberries and mint leaves. Add ice and the rum, lemon juice and sugarcane syrup; shake well. Strain into crushed ice–filled highball glasses. Garnish with the berry halves and mint sprigs.

Recipe from 

Food and Wine Magazine

Yum!

Should we dine indoors or out?  You choose!

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