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Louisiana Seafood Pasta

Here’s my take on the very rich, Creole-seasoned, chock-full-of-seafood pasta dish that became popular in the early 1980s. It remains very popular today. When crawfish are in season, use them instead of the scallops.

Pasta salad with shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, or whatever else tastes ood in a creamy sauce for pasta.

Pasta salad with shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, or whatever else tastes ood in a creamy sauce for pasta.

  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 Tbs. chopped French shallots
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch saffron threads
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • Pinch ground ginger
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh tarragon (or 1/4 tsp. dried)
  • 1 lb. sea scallops, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 dozen oysters
  • 1 lb. lump crabmeat
  • 2 lbs. pasta, cooked (I like farfalle)

1. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the green onions and shallots until they’re limp.

2. Add the wine and bring it to a boil. Reduce until most of the liquid is gone. Add the cream, saffron, salt, pepper, cayenne and ginger, and bring to a light boil. (Also add tarragon at this point if using dried.)

3. Add scallops and shrimp. Cook for four minutes, then add oysters and fresh tarragon. Cook until edges of oysters are curly, then add the crabmeat. Throughout the process, agitate pan to slosh the sauce over the seafoods.

4. Taste the sauce and add salt if necessary. You can also spice it up with a bit of Tabasco or crushed red pepper. Remove from the heat.

5. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss with the sauce ingredients to coat the pasta and distribute the seafoods.

Serves eight.

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