Ramp and Scallop Linguine

Spring Linguine with Ramps and Sea ScallopsLinguine tossed with olive oil, ramps and scallops.

Sometimes I feel like I blather on far too much about myself in the midst of telling you about my food adventures. Still, some of you have expressed an interest in learning even more about me and what makes me tick.

I’m not one for navel-gazing, and can’t bring myself to propagate one of those tell-all memes, so I thought a good compromise would be to share one of my favorite pasta dishes with you, along with a list of some simple things that make me happy.

  • Slipping into the silken embrace of high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.
  • The way the sun kisses everything it touches with warm hues in late afternoon.
  • Productive days when I get to cross off several things from my to-do list.
  • Lazy sunday mornings in bed, followed by lazier afternoons in the kitchen.
  • Simple pastas like this Ramp and Scallop Linguine…

I’ve always been more of a noodle guy than a rice guy and there’s something perfect about long, maize coloured strands of al dente pasta shimmering with olive oil tossed with a vegetable and a protein. No fuss, no fancy sauce, and no room for dodgy ingredients. Because of the simplicity, each component of this pasta has to be able to sing on its own. In this case, the staring trio includes olive oil, ramps and scallops.

Try to find an olive oil that’s creamy with a clean aftertaste. If you can’t find ramps in your area, use garlic chives or garlic scapes. As for the scallops, look for scallops that are sold “dry” — meaning they haven’t been chemically treated. Dry scallops are better defined in shape and usually have a pinkish orange color.

So what are some of your favourite things?

Ramp and Scallop Linguine

8 oz. linguine
3 Tbs good quality olive oil
1/2 lb dry sea scallops quartered
1/2 lb ramps roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste
chili flakes (optional)

Boil the pasta in a large pot full of generously salted water until al dente, or according to the package directions.

Drain the pasta and drizzle with olive oil to prevent it from sticking together.

Return the pot to the stove and add 3 tablespoons of oil. Heat on high until the oil shimmers. Add the scallops and saute until slightly opaque. Add the ramps and continue sauteing until the ramps are bright green. Working quickly, add the chili flakes and salt and pepper to taste.

Take the pot off the heat then add the pasta, tossing to coat. Serve immediately.

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Good to know a little more about you Marc. This is a very fresh dish and I love the flavours…especially those scallops!

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Good to know a little more about you Marc. This is a very fresh dish and I love the flavours…especially those scallops!

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com/ Syrie

    I’d have to describe myself as a noodle girl too. And I can really relate to your happy list. One of my happy things is to watch summer storm clouds roll in, especially in Australia. They’re quite ominous and you can smell the rain coming. Love it!

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com Syrie

    I’d have to describe myself as a noodle girl too. And I can really relate to your happy list. One of my happy things is to watch summer storm clouds roll in, especially in Australia. They’re quite ominous and you can smell the rain coming. Love it!

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ Jenni

    Pasta + oil + vege + protein. Now we can make any kind of pasta we want! Lovely use of ramps again, Marc:)

    One of my new favorite things: sitting in a rocker on the porch at The New House, drinking early morning coffee, reading and listening to the wild turkeys gobble in the woods across the street. Nice way to start the day.

    I’m with you on the high thread-count sheets–I just bought us some 800s in a warm chocolate brown a few weeks ago; they are getting softer and better w/each wash. Bliss.

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ Jenni

    Pasta + oil + vege + protein. Now we can make any kind of pasta we want! Lovely use of ramps again, Marc:)

    One of my new favorite things: sitting in a rocker on the porch at The New House, drinking early morning coffee, reading and listening to the wild turkeys gobble in the woods across the street. Nice way to start the day.

    I’m with you on the high thread-count sheets–I just bought us some 800s in a warm chocolate brown a few weeks ago; they are getting softer and better w/each wash. Bliss.

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    I can’t speak for ramps (have never tried ‘em!), but scallops are way, way up there among my favorite things :) And slurping spaghetti!
    One of my favorite things has to be finding a rare/expensive book at a dirt-cheap price. :)

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com Manggy

    I can’t speak for ramps (have never tried ‘em!), but scallops are way, way up there among my favorite things :) And slurping spaghetti!
    One of my favorite things has to be finding a rare/expensive book at a dirt-cheap price. :)

  • http://www.deglazeme.blogspot.com/ Christina@DeglazeMe

    Ramps are everywhere! I, too, enjoy simple pasta dishes. Yours looks delicious.

  • http://www.deglazeme.blogspot.com Christina@DeglazeMe

    Ramps are everywhere! I, too, enjoy simple pasta dishes. Yours looks delicious.

  • http://pithyandcleaver.com maggie (p&c)

    Mmm…I was just eyeing the scallops at the Union Sq farmer’s market today…

  • http://pithyandcleaver.com/ maggie (p&c)

    Mmm…I was just eyeing the scallops at the Union Sq farmer’s market today…

  • http://www.pigpigscorner.com/ Pigpigscorner

    I’m always up for pasta!

  • http://www.pigpigscorner.com Pigpigscorner

    I’m always up for pasta!

  • http://www.whatdoiwant2cooktoday.blogspot.com/ Jan

    Love scallops! Great dish you’ve made there!

  • http://www.whatdoiwant2cooktoday.blogspot.com Jan

    Love scallops! Great dish you’ve made there!

  • http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/ lisaiscooking

    This is a perfect meal for me. The garlicy flavor of the ramps with scallops and pasta and some chili flakes. Delicious.

  • http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/ lisaiscooking

    This is a perfect meal for me. The garlicy flavor of the ramps with scallops and pasta and some chili flakes. Delicious.

  • http://duodishes.com/ The Duo Dishes

    Ramps are back! :) Good pairing with buttery scallops. Yum.

  • http://duodishes.com The Duo Dishes

    Ramps are back! :) Good pairing with buttery scallops. Yum.

  • http://www.practicallydone.com/ helen

    Favourite things:

    Clean sheets
    Coffee, black + one cinnamon bun + good old fashioned newsprint
    Layer cakes

  • http://www.practicallydone.com helen

    Favourite things:

    Clean sheets
    Coffee, black + one cinnamon bun + good old fashioned newsprint
    Layer cakes

  • http://blog.lemonpi.net/ Y

    I like all those things. My favourite pasta however, has garlic, anchovies and chilli, but I think I could easily love that scallop and ramp number too.

  • http://blog.lemonpi.net Y

    I like all those things. My favourite pasta however, has garlic, anchovies and chilli, but I think I could easily love that scallop and ramp number too.

  • http://www.minimalchronicles.blogspot.com/ chiara.u

    Hi Marc :) Pasta… here I play at home!!! I never ate scallops with pasta… at first pasta than scallops.. never together… But I’m absolutely not afraid to try something new for me… and this sounds really tasty :)) And the photo makes this dish very interensting! Bravo :)
    (about the sun in late afterrnoon I agree with you… it’s a wonderful light to take pictures!)

  • http://www.minimalchronicles.blogspot.com chiara.u

    Hi Marc :) Pasta… here I play at home!!! I never ate scallops with pasta… at first pasta than scallops.. never together… But I’m absolutely not afraid to try something new for me… and this sounds really tasty :)) And the photo makes this dish very interensting! Bravo :)
    (about the sun in late afterrnoon I agree with you… it’s a wonderful light to take pictures!)

  • http://www.slim-shoppin.com/ Jenn@slim-shoppin

    I haven’t tried ramps yet. I know they have garlic scapes at my farmers market which opens Saturday!

    Marc, do you think shrimp in place of the scallops would be good??

    • http://norecipes.com/ Marc @ NoRecipes

      Garlic scapes are fantastic in pasta, they do need a bit more sauteing time to get tender though. I also love shrimp in simple pastas like this and imagine it might taste a bit like shimp scampi with the garlic scapes:-)

  • http://www.slim-shoppin.com Jenn@slim-shoppin

    I haven’t tried ramps yet. I know they have garlic scapes at my farmers market which opens Saturday!

    Marc, do you think shrimp in place of the scallops would be good??

    • http://norecipes.com Marc @ NoRecipes

      Garlic scapes are fantastic in pasta, they do need a bit more sauteing time to get tender though. I also love shrimp in simple pastas like this and imagine it might taste a bit like shimp scampi with the garlic scapes:-)

  • monique

    Al Dente Pasta, the brand that cooks in just 3 minutes and tastes exactly like homemade, would be great in any of your pasta dishes. I am going to use the Lemon Chive Fettuccine or the Egg Linguine with this recipe.

  • monique

    Al Dente Pasta, the brand that cooks in just 3 minutes and tastes exactly like homemade, would be great in any of your pasta dishes. I am going to use the Lemon Chive Fettuccine or the Egg Linguine with this recipe.

  • http://www.tasteasyougo.com/ Michelle @ Taste As You Go

    What a simple and elegant seasonal dish, Marc! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.tasteasyougo.com Michelle

    What a simple and elegant seasonal dish, Marc! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.sugarbar.org/ diva

    oh this is lovely. simple ingredients, quick to make. i actaully want some of that now for dinner. yummy!

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    oh this is lovely. simple ingredients, quick to make. i actaully want some of that now for dinner. yummy!

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