August 16, 2011

Scallop Carbonara with Asparagus

I was quite nervous when I made this dish for our dinner on Sunday evening.  I've said it several times:  I am not a big egg person.  Especially when it involves an egg yolk.  Hence, I cannot make my own Ceasar salad dressing because I get queasy when I eat it just knowing it had raw egg yolk in it.  I have shied away from Carbonara for as long as I have because of that very reason.  I don't care that the heat from the pasta (or in this case, the cream that is whisked into the egg) cooks the egg.  It still makes me queasy.  However, it was inevitable that I would be making it in my life because it was one dish that Grumpy consistently orders out.

When my parents were here last weekend, we took them over to the Fresh Market in Latham.  I knew that they would love the place and as long as mom felt up to going, we wanted to show it to them.  While browsing around I finally came across the buccatini pasta that I had been looking for.  I snatched the package right up.  It could have cost me $10 for all I cared, I wanted to try that pasta!  (it wasn't that much by the way).  I immediately started thinking what I was going to make with it.  I really wanted to try a BLT Spaghetti that Rachel Ray made on her show recently.  I loved how she dropped the pasta in the pesto and coated it.  Yum!  However, I knew Grumpy probably wouldn't be as happy with that meal as he would if I made a seafood pasta one.  So, I started looking for Carbonara recipes.  I found a recipe for Buccatini Carbonara with Zucchini on Epicurious.  I decided I would go with the basics of that recipe and fix it up the way Grumpy would like with bay scallops and asparagus in place of the zucchini.  While I think it tasted good, I still couldn't eat a lot of it because all I thought I could taste was egg yolk.  Yeah, its probably all in my head, but that is how it is.  Grumpy told me to "suck it up and eat it", but I just couldn't eat much because my tummy kept doing hurdles on me.  However, Grumpy said it had good flavor, that I cooked the scallops perfectly but that he thought it could have used more sauce.  I actually made 1-1/2 of the sauce recipe.  I guess if I made it again I would need to double it instead.  So, if your not afraid of egg yolks and loveCarbonara, I guess this is a good recipe for you.  Hope you will enjoy!

Oh, and by the way, I love the buccatini pasta!  I have half the package left and will definitely be making a dish for me with the remainder!


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Scallop Carbonara with Asparagus
adapted slightly from Epicurious
Printable Recipe
6 ounces bacon, cut into pieces
3/4 cup heavy cream (I know, I know....its almost gone)
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound asparagus, chopped 
1 pound bucatini 
3 large eggs
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cook bacon in medium skillet over medium heat until brown, stirring often. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels; drain. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings from skillet. Add cream, garlic, and crushed pepper to drippings in skillet; bring to boil. Set aside.

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops and cook until they just turn opague.  Remove from skillet.  Add asparagus and saute until tender, stirring occasionally, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to large plate. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add sauce to pasta and toss over medium heat until sauce coats pasta (do not boil).
Add bacon and asparagus and toss to heat through.   Serve with remaining cheese.
Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until al dente according to package directions. Drain well and return pasta to pot.

Meanwhile, place eggs in their shell in small bowl. Add enough hot water to cover. Let stand 5 minutes. Crack eggs into large bowl and whisk to blend. Bring cream mixture to boil in skillet. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into eggs. Mix in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.


Katrina said...

Sold as soon as I saw bacon! ;)

Lisa~~ said...

Scallops & bacon, my husband would go crazy for this dish.

Cook Lisa Cook

Coleen said...

WOW, what a photo!! Looks absolutely delicious.

Aggie said...

This looks so delicious!! I haven't cooked with the smaller scallops...I think ever! I would love to try them in a pasta dish!

Donna-FFW said...

OMG! This looks absolutely delicious! Fabulous dish, Shelby!! And your photo.. perfection!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

I think I would polish that dish off as well. Tell Grumpy to save some for us!

vanillasugarblog said...

scallops and bacon with pasta.
man Shel you know how to make a good dinner.
I sure hope grumpy appreciates you and your fabulous meals.

Georgia Pellegrini said...

I love scallops like this, with a nice bacon and saucy combination!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Such a great carbonara recipe! Love the addition of scallops and asparagus.

Deeba PAB said...

Lucky Grumpy! What a great flavour combination Shelby.... yum!

Jules said...

That looks really great, I haven't ever attempted carbonara before, now I can't wait to try it.

Elle said...

You cannot go wrong with scallops and bacon in any combination!

The Food Hunter said...

I love buccatini too...this is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

T and Tea Cake said...

That egg thing is the very same reason why I did not dare so far to do a carbonara: the ehought of raw egg is just so...uhhhh. It's more about the whites with me, though, as I still enjoy boiled eggs that are still a little soft in the centre.

I am sure this recipe is delicious with ingedients such as aspatgus and scallops, but I still couldn't. Maybe if I'd find a way to pan-fry them just reaally quickly along with the pasta... ;)


baobabs said...

this looks amazing!! scallops carbonara! can't wait to try. thanks for sharing!

Julie M. said...

Now THAT looks delicious. Great recipe Shelby!

Carrie's Experimental Kitchen said...

Good morning! I featured this recipe on my blog today, it looks great! Thanks for allowing me to share. Here is the link

Anonymous said...

Awesome recipe. I absolutely loved it.
Here’s a recipe for Fettuccine Carbonara you may like to try.
Thanks for sharing.

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