Grilled Sea Scallops with Saffron Spaghetti, Vegetables and Fresh Herbs
Created by Nora Pouillon
Servings: Serves 6
  • 1 bunch red Swiss chard , stems removed
  • 2 dozen jumbo sea scallops (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt , divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper , divided
  • 1 medium onion , finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes , seeded and cut in wide julienne strips
  • 1 cup fresh English peas or frozen peas , thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs , such as parsley, tarragon, basil and thyme
  • 1 pound fresh saffron spaghetti or other fresh pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • Directions
    Soak 6 wooden skewers in hot water for about half an hour. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add chard and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water until cool. Drain again; set aside.

    Preheat grill to medium-high. Drain skewers; thread 4 scallops onto each one. Brush scallops with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; grill until just opaque in center, 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

    Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add onion and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine and cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes; remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes, peas, herbs and remaining teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

    In a large bowl, combine pasta with tomato mixture. Arrange chard on 6 warm dinner plates. Place a mound of pasta in center of each plate. Remove scallops from skewers and arrange around pasta. Serve immediately.