Scallop Scampi

1-2 lb fresh sea scallop or frozen sea scallops (rinsed and patted dry)
2 shallots or 1 medium white onion
4 garlic cloves
1 cup flour (or enough to light coat scallops)
1 1/2 cups white wine (avoid salty cooking wine)
1/4 cup light cream or heavy cream
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, for searing the scallops
2-3 pinches italian seasoning
2-3 pinches dried oregano
1 T salt (plus more salting of pasta water)
freshly cracked black pepper (3-4 grinds)
1 t crushed red pepper flakes
5 T fresh parsley (for garnish)
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
lemon wedge (to garnish – optional)
1 lb linguine or thin spaghetti

First, get your sautee pan ready. It’s best to use a deeper saute pan, or slightly larger frying pan (to hold sauce). Fill another pot with water over medium-high heat for your pasta. Add oil to saute pan and heat the pan over medium heat. Lightly coat your rinsed scallops in the flour. Once the pan is hot, carefully place the scallops in the pan. REMEMBER: the less you touch them, the better browning you get! Leave scallops alone for a few minutes until they are golden on the bottom (flip a scallop over to test). Cook on other side for another 4 minutes. Remove scallops once they are firm and golden. Set aside on plate with a paper towel. Drain some of the left over olive oil and add the garlic and onions (if you’re not using a non-stick pan, this will help scrape the yummy drippings on the bottom!). Saute the garlic and onions until slightly transparent and add: italian seasoning, oregano, salt and pepper. When your water is boiling, HEAVILY salt the water and add pasta. Stir to avoid sticking. Add the wine and reduce heat to low. Cover pan. Leave covered for about 5-7 minutes. When the sauce is slightly bubbling, add the cream and keep stirring. Add a couple ladle-fulls of pasta water to the sauce to get an even creamier consistency. Add scallops back into sauce and turn heat off. Once pasta is cooked, drain immediately and plate. Ladle equal amounts on each plate and distribute the scallops (don’t be too greedy!). Sprinkle with parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. You can squeeze some fresh lemons for a nice spritz. Enjoy!

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