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Linguine in Creamy Chorizo Tomato Sauce with Seared Scallops

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

By now, some of you should know that I have a thing for linguine. Most of my pasta dishes were made with it even spaghetti bolognese ( I had to call it linguine alla bolognese). I prefer its texture to spaghetti and I find that it holds on to sauces quite well because of its larger surface area.

I love pasta as it often involves simple ingredients, very little prep time yet very delicious - my comfort food. This is another very simple yet yummy pasta dish, perfect as a weekday meal.

scallops tomato linguine

Ingredients: serves 3

  • Linguine
For creamy chorizo tomato sauce:

  • 100g Chorizo - sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic - pressed
  • 1 can Canned Plum Tomatoes
  • 3 slices Sun-Dried Tomatoes - coarsely chopped
  • A bunch of Fresh Thyme - stem discarded, leaves chopped
  • A bunch of Fresh Rosemary - stem discarded, leaves chopped
  • 2 Dried Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tbs Creme Fraiche
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chopped Parsley (garnishing)


  • Brown chorizo in a heated non-stick pan without oil.
  • Add garlic and fry until fragrant.
  • Add plum tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and paprika.
  • Bring to boil then lower heat to simmer.
  • Simmer for at least 30 mins.
  • Add brown sugar to taste.
  • Stir in creme fraiche.
  • Cook linguine in a large pot of boiling water according to the pasta packaging instructions. Drain.
  • Mix linguine and sauce.
  • Sprinkle some parsley and serve.

Seared Scallops with Paprika


  • 9 Scallops
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Paprika
  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil


  • Wash scallops and pat dry.
  • Season both sides with salt, black pepper and paprika.
  • Heat up butter and oil in pan.
  • Add scallops once butter and oil starts smoking.
  • Sear scallops for about 1 1/2 mins each side.
  • Serve!
I am sending this to Wiffy at Noobcook who is hosting the #101 edition of Presto Pasta Nights.

Presto Pasta Nights

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Christelle said...

I love your photos, definitely makes me hungry :)) And what a great idea to top pasta with scallops!!!

tigerfish said...

Goodness...lusciously delicious!

Gabe's Girl said...

This is my kind of dish. It is so creative, not too trendy and posh, and can be created in my kitchen. Plus, my hubby would love this!

Kitchen Corner said...

Your pasta always look delicious! I don't think you'll enjoy any pasta in the restaurant as you could make it as good as them. Fantastic job!

Donna-FFW said...

This looks absolutely delicious!! I wonder if it would work well with shrimp. LOVE the flavors you chose.

Selba said...

I'm so hungry looking at your pic right now! :D

Starningblue said...

Love scallops! This dish makes me hungry :)


Bob said...

That looks wicked good. I'm not a huge scallop fan, but creamy chorizo tomato sounds sounds awesome!

Reeni♥ said...

This looks fantastic! The sauce is outstanding, what a great combo of flavors!

RecipeGirl said...

I would have never thought to pair scallops with chorizo, but my that looks amazing!

5 Star Foodie said...

Fantastic! Scallops and chorizo are some of my favorite ingredients and together they are wonderful!

Sharon said...

Your photo looks amazingly professional! I love the flavor combinations in this dish.

noobcook said...

You made me hungry looking at the delicious pasta photo, it looks so delicious =) Thanks for joining PPN this week =)

Margaret said...

I am not sure that I would ever have thought about using scallops with linguine, but this dish certainly looks and sounds wonderful.

Happy cook said...

I want to have that pasta plate. I am drooling here, looks so so yummy delicous.

pigpigscorner said...

Christelle: Thanks =) Love the pictures in your blog too!

tigerfish: Thanks =)

Gabe's Girl: Yeap! Something simple yet delicious for a weekday meal.

Kitchen Corner: Thank you! I love pasta and I tend to go for pasta dishes at Italian restaurants instead of pizzas.

Donna: Thank you! It was really tasty and I am sure it goes well with shrimps! I was going to use shrimps, but felt like scallops more =P

Selba: may have a bite =P

Starningblue:'s making me hungry again too...

Bob: The sauce was really tasty and I think it goes with the scallops! if not..imagine shimps..haha..

Reeni: Thank you. The flavours were great =)

RecipeGirl: I was craving for some scallops and chorizos, so I just paired them =P

5 Star Foodie: Thank you =) They were delicious together.

Sharon: Thanks, still trying to improve my food photogaphy skills.

noobcook: hehe thanks =) It's great to join in the fun!

Margaret: Thank you =) follow your cravings and you will end up with something yummy and satisfying.

Happy cook: hehe..thanks =)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow makes me hungry. Looks scrummy.

Ricardo said...

look at those scallops with linguine...yum yum ...I want some right now...shame they are a little pricey..oh well..not having them every day so I can treat myself once thx 4 sharing

vkeong said...

such an exquisite dish! I am pretty sure the scallops would taste really good.. yumm

Grace said...

you had me at "creamy." then you tossed in sausage, which i find irresistible. beautiful dish!

Joan Nova said...

BRAVO! I often put a little chorizo in a sauce. It's a good counterpoint of taste. Love the creamy tomato sauce.

Tangled Noodle said...

I love this! A lightly creamy chorizo sauce and perfectly seared scallops. Wonderful dish!

Maria said...

Gorgeous dish! I love seared scallops!!

Robin Sue said...

That sauce sounds so rich and delicious. Will bookmark this one too!

Food For Tots said...

OMG! This pasta dish is awesome! Hope I have one plate on my table now. Slurp!

Katherine Aucoin said...

What a wonderfully savory combination of flavors! I'm alwasy look for something new to make with chorizo.

lisaiscooking said...

I love linguine too, and scallops, and paprika. Looks fantastic!

noble pig said...

This absolutely is an amazing looking piece of ART! Wow, just lovely!

luckytastebuds said...

woohooo seared sea scallops!! MY LOVE. I wish my boyfriend checked out your blog before he made his for Valentines day. hahaha but YEAHH i agree with you, he won our cook-off hands down with that cantonese lobster. hahahah

Ohhh man, I love your pictures. And I love how all your recipes always match what I'm craving or have failed at making. hahaha :)

lili - pikelet and pie said...

I wholeheartedly agree about using linguine always. I think it might have been a bad childhood meal with tubular (!) spaghetti that turned me off of long thin pasta shapes. But then I discovered linguine, and am still all about it.
Looks great!

Lore said...

What a beautiful presentation! Love the idea of paring scallops with chorizo in a pasta dish: great way to get some smokiness going on in there :D

duodishes said...

The scallops look so perfect. Lucky you to have this for dinner!

Chocolate Shavings said...

That sounds like its bursting with flavor!

Soma said...

Pretty easy to make but absolutely scrumptious!
I wonder if shrimp would work with this. it should i guess...

Ur macaroons are so delicately beautiful.. runny filling or not, it still looks good.

pigpigscorner said...

Kitchen Flavours: I feel hungry every time I look at the picture!

Ricardo: I only have scallops once in awhile, as a treat =)

vkeong: The scallops were yummy with the creamy sauce!

Grace: Thank you. Cream actually goes really well with chorizos!

Joan Nova: I'm loving sausages in sauces now. They just add so much flavour!

Tangled Noodle: Thank you =)

Maria: Thanks! Love them seared too!

Robin Sue: It's really rich and delicious =)

Food For Tots: hehe...I wish I could serve you some =)

Katherine Aucoin: Me too! I still have a packet of chorizo in the freezer.

Lisa: Wonderful ingredients isn't it. Love those too =)

noble pig: Thank you =)

luckytastebuds: aww forget the scallops, he made you lobsters!! yummy looking lobsters! ahh...that dish is still in my mind..

lili: Thanks! Glad to know that someone else feels the same for linguine!

Lore: Thank you =) weird paring but glad they turned out good!

duodishes: aww thanks =) you have a lot going on on your side as well!

Chocolate Shavings: Thanks =) Very tasty indeed.

Soma: I was going to use shrimps but was craving more for scallops =P I am sure they go well!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

The first photo is amazing, it's almost like you are sitting right in front of it and the scallop is just daring you to eat it! :)

Apples and Butter said...

This looks so amazing! I am really upset that I'm not at home right now so I can try and recreate it. Seriously making me hungry right now!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks delicious! I also like easy to prepare pasta. ;)

Beachlover said...

one of my favourite pasta is linguine!! love your scrumptious scallop!!

Big Boys Oven said...

Aiyoh so beautiful, feel like eating them now, you so bad one as always lol!

Jamie said...

Oh my! There are no words to describe the gorgeousness of this dish! Chorizo and seared scallops! It looks rich, creamy and flavorful!

Pam said...

What a fantastic dinner. The chorizo adds such great flavor and the scallops look perfectly cooked.

MrOrph said...

Putting chorizo with scallops? Absolutely brilliant!

pigpigscorner said...

Lorraine: I was very close to licking the screen..hehe

Apples and Butter: Thanks! Dash home and make it now =P

Little Corner of Mine: Thanks. I need more easy to prepare meals for weekdays!

BBO: You can have a bite...haha. Your desserts make me drool too!

Jamie:Thank you =) It was a flavourful dish indeed!

Pam: Thanks, it was a delicious meal, love the chorizos!


Foodess said...

This sounds absolutely, foolishly good. Gorgeous photo, too!

mikky said...

definitely worth sharing... :)

Jennifer said...

Oh: my husband is Portugese so we love trying new things with Chorizo.

Dee said...

Scallops on a week night? Simple meal? You're living my fantasy life, woman! Drool, slobber.

Peter M said...

This is gorgeous, sexy, Chorizo brings world peace and I want this so!

Hillary said...

This is such a unique original pasta dish. I love it!

Joanne said...

I saw this on presto pasta and LOVED it. I don't like scallops, so maybe I would add extra chorizo. I like the idea of adding brown sugar to the sauce.

pigpigscorner said...

Foodess: Thanks =)

mikky: Hope you like it =)

Jennifer: I love chorizo and I still have a packet left in the freezer! Can't wait to try new recipes with it!

Dee: awww...that's just once in a blue moon. When you crave for something, just eat it!

Peter M: I agree! I love chorizo!

Hillary: Thank you. Glad you like it =)

Joanne: Thanks for visiting! You can add other seafood or as you said, extra chorizo!

KC said...

Chorizo and scallops make an excellent pairing. The dish looks sooo good!

Maris said...

Your tomato sauce sounds especially good. I've seen similar recipes with shrimp but never scallop - love the creativity!

Y said...

Love scallops and chorizo! Yum!

pigpigscorner said...

KC: Thank you ,it was really delicious!

Maris: I was going to use shrimps but I craved for scallops then...hehe

Y: Thanks =)

Leslie said...

First time visit to your site....beautiful photography and yummy food!!!

pigpigscorner said...

Hi Leslie! Thanks for visiting! You blog has lots of interesting and delicious recipes too!

Ruth said...

Fabulous dish! I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. I do hope to see you here often.

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks for visitingRuth! I love pasta and glad that I found out about it!

Sophie said...

OOOOH, this is a dish for me!!!! So delicious!!! MMM....

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks Sophie!

emiglia said...

I found this recipe over at the Culinarty round up and I absolutely adore your site! You've given me a lot of things to do the next time I go to London...

Emiglia (

Anonymous said...

Just wondering how big are the scallops you used?

pigpigscorner said...

They are about an inch in diameter.

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