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Thyme Pecorino Risotto with Pan Seared Scallops and Arugula

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This delicious recipe is from cooking coach Monica Puri Bangia, author of the Sharing Plate blog.
Monica studied at the French Culinary Institute in New York City and shares simple recipes made with delicious, healthful ingredients, who’s based in northern New Jersey about 15 miles west of Manhattan.
Monica had this to say about her recipe: “We all love scallops in our family. Especially with some delicious risotto! A lot of people are intimidated to make risotto … but one just needs to have a bit of patience.”
“The method is quite simple and the flavor combinations are limitless. I decided to add fresh thyme and Pecorino cheese in this dish. I love Pecorino for its delicious punch of flavor”.
2 medium shallots, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
4 to 5 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup Arborio rice
4 cups chicken broth, heated
½ cup half and half 1 cup Pecorino cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper
  • Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil on medium heat.
  • Add the shallots and cloves and sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the thyme and rice and sauté for a minute.
  • Add the chicken broth half cup at a time, stirring constantly on medium heat.
  • Keep repeating the process till the rice is cooked. Add the half and half and cheese.
  • Taste for seasonings and add salt and pepper as desired.
Salt and pepper
  • Heat a large non-stick pan and add the oil.
  • Sauté the scallops on high and brown on both sides, about 2 minutes each (depends on the size of the scallops). Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Serve on top of risotto.
Arugula Salad
3 cups baby arugula
Juice of half lemon
Salt and pepper
  • Toss the arugula with the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper.
  • Add a cup of tossed greens on top of the scallops and serve.
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