Wild Caught Sea Scallops With Spaghetti Squash

"The idea of al dente perfectly seasoned roasted squash together with plump Sea Scallops topped with a tomato basil sauce will have you forgetting there is not a starch in the recipe."
 
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Ready In:
50mins
Ingredients:
11
Yields:
14 ounces
Serves:
1
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ingredients

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directions

  • preheat oven to 425 degrees. cut squash in half the long way. place squash, flat side down, on a pan sprayed sheet pan with kosher salt. Add 1/2 cup water and place in over for 40-50 minutes.
  • create sauce by heating olive oil in sauce pot, until just smoking, add garlic and "toast", saute until golden brown.
  • add crushed tomatoes and simmer around 10-15 minutes. season with salt, pepper and fresh basil.
  • Pan sear seasoned rice flour dusted, scallops in a pan with scant amount of oil. Sear for approx, 1 minute on each side.
  • Deglaze wtih 2 T of lemon juice.
  • Remove from pan and add 1/2 cup tomato sacue to pull flavors from pan. add back into the sauce pot of tomato sauce.
  • Remove squash from oven. allow to cool until you are able to handle. using a fork scrap spaghetti squash into a bowl. fluff by using two forks, by pulling apart strands.
  • reheat by sauteing breifly in a heated pan.
  • to plate you will place a nest of squash in the center of the plate. place 6 scallops falling off the nest and top with 1/2 cup or so of tomato basil sauce.
  • sprinkle with fresh grated cheese, optional.

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  1. This was fantastic! I had to make substitutions based on what I had on hand. I used cod fillets instead of scallops. I also had no fresh basil so I added some homemade basil pesto to the crushed tomatoes. I unintentionally simmered it longer than usual so it reduced to a nice thick sauce. (This time the household distractions worked in my favor!) Next time I make this recipe it will be with scallops which I love more than cod. This is now one of my favorite lite seafood dishes. Thanks so much for making me seem like a great cook!
     
  2. Great main dish! I had large scallops and they were excellent with the sauce and squash. I'm going to make again before winter is out!
     
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  1. This was fantastic! I had to make substitutions based on what I had on hand. I used cod fillets instead of scallops. I also had no fresh basil so I added some homemade basil pesto to the crushed tomatoes. I unintentionally simmered it longer than usual so it reduced to a nice thick sauce. (This time the household distractions worked in my favor!) Next time I make this recipe it will be with scallops which I love more than cod. This is now one of my favorite lite seafood dishes. Thanks so much for making me seem like a great cook!
     

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