I love when I go to the grocery store and seafood is on sale! Both shrimp and scallops were in the specials and I just could not resist. They even had a half pound container of scallops so I took that as a sign that I was meant to mix it with shrimp and come up with something special. Last year I tried out Shrimp Fra Diavolo and used red pepper flakes to make it spicy but this time around I went with sriracha which gives an even better more sophisticated heat that I absolutely love. To balance it all out and make it a little sinful I added some cream cheese which melts beautifully into it and really enriches the flavors.
This would be a wonderful date night meal for anyone looking to impress someone else!
Spicy Shrimp & Scallop Vegetable Pasta: Serves 4
1/2lbs Shrimp – Peeled & Deveined
1/2lbs Sea Scallops
1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes – Halved
1 Onion – Chopped
1 Zucchini – Chopped (2C worth)
2 Garlic Cloves – Minced
8oz Tomato Sauce
1TB Olive Oil
2TB Fresh Basil (2tsp dried)
1TB Fresh Oregano (1tsp dried)
2TB Cream Cheese (I use 1/3 less fat)
Place the shrimp and scallops in a bowl and add 1tsp of olive oil and 1.5tsp of sriracha with some salt and pepper, toss to coat and set to the side. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Once you add the pasta to the water put a large saute pan over medium heat with a teaspoon of olive oil and the garlic, let it cook for 45-60 seconds then add the onions, zucchini and tomatoes to the pan with the remaining sriracha and some salt and pepper. Toss to evenly coat and cook for 8-10 minutes until the vegetables are cooked through. Put the drained pasta and vegetables together in the empty pasta pot and add the tomato sauce, basil and oregano and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes allowing the sauce to cook into the noodles.
While the noodles and vegetables are soaking into one another add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil to the saute pan over medium heat and add the shrimp and scallops to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes until both are completely cooked through. Add the seafood to the pasta with the cream cheese and stir to melt it in, serve and enjoy!
WW: 9 Points Plus / serving