Basil-Scallop Linguine With Artichokes

Recipe by KateL
READY IN: 45mins




  • Start boiling a large pot of boiling water for pasta.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat olive oil (1-2 minutes). Add garlic and shallots and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until they are tender but not browned, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add basil, parsley, salt and red pepper flakes, black pepper, tomatoes (with juice), wine, and tomato paste to saucepan. Return to heat and bring to a boil, stirring to brreak up large pieces of tomatoes.
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. (The sauce may be made a day ahead and refrigerated, the flavors will continue to meld together and make you look like a gourmet cook. Just reheat when ready to serve.).
  • Cook linguine with 2 teaspoons of salt and vegetable oil in a large pot of boiling water, according to package directions (for medium linguine, usually 9-10 minutes after water returns to full boil).
  • While pasta cooks, place scallops in a colander and rinse in cold water. Drain thoroughly and cut each in half crosswise.
  • Add scallops and artichokes to sauce and cook 5 minutes or until scallops are tender and artichokes are hot. Set aside until serving.
  • Place pine nuts in a small skillet over moderately high heat and toast in the pan -- DO NOT ADD OIL. Set aside until serving.
  • Drain pasta and place on a large serving platter or plates. (I recommend using individual pasta bowls, it will feel more "Italian.").
  • Spoon scallop-artichoke-tomato mixture on top of pasta and toss gently (although I generally never toss, I prefer a prretty presentation and I like to keep the tastes of sauce and pasta distinct).
  • Sprinkle with pine nuts and more parsley. Serve immediately.
  • To look like a gourmet, serve with a very light Italian white wine, like Gavi or Pino Grigio.