Celebrate this holiday season with an Italian Holiday Table!
A simple fish dish, Sea Scallop and Shrimp Scampi with Spinach Tagliatelle, is the perfect main course to either serve on Christmas Eve (a dish that could be added to your feast of the seven fishes menu spreads) or Christmas Day! Mascarpone and Pear Cakes are the perfect way to end the meal. A delicious sweet mascarpone filling is smashed between two crispy meringue-like pastries. These two dishes are the perfect recipes to add to your holiday tables!
This post is sponsored by Colavita and Perugina. All opinions are my own.
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Let’s celebrate the week being halfway over by talking about pasta and seafood and cakes, oh my!
So, I don’t know how many of you know this, but I come from an Italian family. I know, right? The blonde hair and blue eyes and fair skin totally threw you off didn’t it? I know, sometimes I don’t even know, but here we are and yes, I come from an Italian family.
It’s a tradition in my family to celebrate the holidays with the feast of the seven fishes, which is a tradition of many Italian families. It’s normally celebrated on Christmas Eve, and you guessed it…seven fishes are involved. It doesn’t matter how they are involved. At least in my family it really doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be seven separate dishes (even though many other Italian families would disagree), but seven fishes have to be incorporated in some way.
Enter this recipe for Sea Scallop and Shrimp Scampi with Spinach Tagliatelle…
Now many of you guys know that I live in Wyoming. We don’t have a huge amount of fresh seafood. We do have some great fresh water fish in the rivers and lakes and there is some seafood that we get that’s decent. Shrimp is easy to find. Sea scallops are a close second. Halibut is probably the freshest fish that we get. That normally gets overnighted, but the pickins are slim, so we have to get creative!
When I was asked to do a post featuring Colavita and Perugina, I jumped at the chance. These are two products that I adore and are the perfect way to enhance those holiday dinners in both sweet and savory forms!
This post is a little bit different than the rest. Today, I’m sharing two recipes…one that’s savory (the main course course) and one that’s sweet (the dessert course). Both recipes celebrate the Italian culture.
This recipe for sea scallop and shrimp scampi with spinach tagliatelle celebrates seafood, perfectly al dente Colavita pasta and Colavita olive oils. It is the perfect main course meal for your Christmas Eve dinner!
Now the recipe for these Mascarpone and Pear Cakes is the second best part about this post today!
These cakes are my favorite part about the holidays, you guys. They have the perfect creamy and sweet mascarpone filling, sandwiched between two crisp pastries. Drizzled with a blend of Perugina chocolates, these cakes are the perfect way to end the perfect Italian dinner.
Recipe for both of these dishes is below! Add them to your holiday menu spreads or just make them tomorrow! ;)
- 1 pound Colavita Spinach Tagliatelle
- 1 pound cleaned sea scallops
- salt and black pepper
- 2 tablespoons + ¼ cup Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 6 cloves of garlic finely minced
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes more or less to taste
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp cleaned
- 1 ½ cups chardonnay wine
- ½ cup finely chopped parsley + extra for garnish
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- Drizzle of Colavita Pepperolio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Salt the water and add the Colavita Spinach Tagliatelle. Cook the pasta until al dente, about 7-8 minutes. Drain.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare your sea scallops and shrimp scampi. Season the sea scallops with salt and black pepper. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil and once hot, add the sea scallops. Sear the scallops on both sides until lightly golden, about 7 minutes total. Remove from heat and set aside to rest.
- In another large non-stick skillet, add the remaining ¼ cup of Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Heat over medium heat and add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the shrimp, and cook until pink on one side, about 2 minutes. Flip the shrimp and pour in the chardonnay. Continue cooking, stirring frequently for about 3 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley and lemon juice.
- Serve the sea scallops and shrimp scampi over a bed of spinach Tagliatelle. Garnish with additional parsley, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of Colavita Pepperolio Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Enjoy!
I don’t cook with shrimp enough, This is gorgeous! Adding to make to-make list!
What a great meal! I don’t know what I like more, dinner or dessert!
That spinach tagliatelle looks fabulous and you’ve really celebrated it in this dish :)
Both recipes are gorgeous, but thoe little cakes are making me drool!
Two incredible recipes! Awesome post Justine!
This is so pretty! And that dessert! Oh my goodness, I might eat it first!
Oh my everything looks so good!! I could have them both right now. And that pasta….winner!!
Wow this pasta dish. Looks fabulous. I love all the flavors you have put in here. So unique!