In this hectic time of year, quick and easy-to-make dishes are so important. We want to eat delicious food, but we don’t want to spend hours preparing it. Nicole from Prevention RD has shared a fantastic recipe for Blackened Seafood Pasta that just begs for some wine to accompany it. In half an hour, you can be enjoying a bowl of pasta with shrimp, scallops, and spicy turkey with a bit of blackened seasoning. Oh my!
Blackened Seafood Pasta Recipe and Wine Pairing
This dish, with its combination of spicy and creamy flavors as well as freshly pan seared seafood and sausage, has a lot going on. There are several white wines that would work seamlessly to compliment this dish, however, we suggest steering clear of red wines, as they will clash with the scallops and shrimp and spicy seasoning. Fruity and acidic white wines are your best bet.
Riesling: Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling ~ $16
Riesling, with its vibrant acidity and fruity notes, is great with seafood, and New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Region is a great place to look for good examples. This wine has bright citrus, tropical, and floral aromas, along with some peaches and honey. On the palate you’ll find a noted mineral character and bright acidity that will play well with the seafood.
Riesling: Heron Hill Dry Riesling ~ $14
Similar in style and region to the wine above, this is another great example of a Finger Lakes Riesling. Crisp and elegant with mild floral aromas along with citrus, fresh green apples, lemongrass, and minerals. Dry, crisp, and refreshing on the palate, this is another nice compliment to the fresh seafood.
Chardonnay: Beringer Chardonnay ~ $19
For something different than the above two and richer in body and style, try this Chardonnay with aromas of peaches, lemon, and spicy oak. Smooth and full on the palate, the sweet oak will complement the creamy textures and flavors of the pasta dish seamlessly.
Sauvignon Blanc: Bogle Sauvignon Blanc ~ $9
For something bright and zesty to match the vibrant flavors of the spicy sausage and seared seafood, try Sauvignon Blanc. This one is bright and crisp with citrus and melon aromas and just a touch of that Sauvignon Blanc signature grassiness. Clean, light, and crisp in the mouth, with a slight hint of sweetness to cool your palate from any remaining heat from the sausage.
Pinot Grigio: A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris ~ $14
A good Pinot Gris is fruity, bright, and fresh, and this is no exception. It has bright aromas with citrus, tropical, and stone fruit. This wine is lively and juicy on the palate with a refreshing, clean, and mineral finish. The brightness and juiciness of the fruit will match any heat you may add in the form of sausage or extra blackened seasoning to this seafood pasta.
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