She Sells Sea Shells

By aargersi
January 22, 2010
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Author Notes: I love cioppino. I love pasta (baked or otherwise). So, I combined them. Yum.aargersi

Serves: 2

  • 1 slice sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 8 jumbo pasta shells (the stuffing kind)
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce plus a bit extra for the baking dish
  • 1 tablespoon creme fraiche
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 large basil leaf, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped
  • a pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 8 bay scallops
  • 8 small shrimp, peeled and cleaned
  • 1/4 cup lump crab meat
  • a squeeze of lemon
  • a squeeze of orange
  1. Boil the pasta shells to al dente according to the directions.
  2. Meanwhile make the breadcrumbs. Whiz the bread in the processor until it is a coarse crumb. Saute over medium heat with the butter and garlic until just crisp.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375. Mix together the 1/2 cup marinara, creme fraiche, basil, parsley and orange zest. Add the red pepper if you opt in for spice.
  4. Put a little marinara in the bottom of your baking dish. Fill each shell with a spoon full of the mixture above, a bay scallop, a shrimp, and about a teaspoon of crab meat.
  5. Arrange the shells in the baking dish, then sprinkle the breadcrumb over top. Squeeze a bit of lemon over and bake until the seafood is done (about 20 minutes).
  6. Squeeze a bit of orange over and serve!

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