One of my all-time favorite sauces will always be a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce served over pasta…sigh. Add in scallops and shrimp and you’ve got a restaurant-style meal that you can prepare at half the price of ordering out.
I’ve been making this sauce since my restaurant days back in the eighties and it’s been unchanged since I perfected this recipe almost 40 years ago.
Let’s get started by making the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.
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What do I need to make a Roasted Red Pepper?
The ingredient list isn’t too long for my roasted pepper sauce, but does include a few items you might not have thought of. The juice from reconstituting the sun-dried tomatoes and the liquid from the pepperoncini jar.
**The liquids from the ingredients help develop the flavors of this delicious sauce.
The first step is pureeing the roasted peppers and adding them to a medium sized sauce pan.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a light boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and allow to continue cooking for about an hour.
*make the sauce the day before to allow the flavors to build.
What ingredients do I need to make Shrimp & Scallops in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce?
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make my Shrimp & Scallops in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. In Chef Speak this is called the Mise en Place which translates into Everything in its Place.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed the cooking process, but it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
In a large sauté pan add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, and saute the scallops for a minute to get them started with the cooking process.
Add the shrimp and mushrooms. Sauté until the shrimp are almost done (you may have to add a little more oil to the pan when you put in the shrimp).
Do I have to use mushrooms in the sauce?
No, you don’t. Feel free to leave out the mushrooms, pepperoncini or sun-dried tomatoes. They are not essential to the dish but do contribute to the overall flavor of the dish.
When the seafood is almost fully cooked add the sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pepperoncini and the roasted red pepper sauce
Finish seasoning the dish with black pepper, grated Romano cheese and parsley.
Do I have to make this dish with seafood?
No, you don’t. This sauce works well with chicken. In the restaurant I use to serve it with chicken and shrimp to keep the costs down.
The sauce is also great without and seafood or other proteins in it. You could also add some of your favorite veggies to the sauce.
I’ve also served this sauce with beef braciole and it was wonderful.
Serve up deliciousness over your favorite pasta and get ready for the applause!
Shrimp is one of my most favorites and I have some in pantry right now. Totally giving this amazing recipe a go!
This was a delicious meal for dinner tonight! My whole family is a fan of seafood so we really enjoyed this dish. The seafood was perfect and the sauce was delicious!
Yum, I love everything seafood. This shrimp and scallops dish looks amazing. I love that it is so quick and easy to make too. Perfect for a busy weeknight. Thank you!
This red pepper sauce sounds so divine! I want to make if for so many other dishes though your shrimp and scampi sound wonderful too! Thanks so much for sharing :).
I completely agree, Dennis – roasted red pepper sauce is a gift from above! I love the idea of combining it with seafood – totally an elegant combination I would envision at a nice restaurant, but do-able at home to be sure!
I love both shrimps and scallops and when they are put together, its even better! I love the fact that this dish contains both seafood and spice, it couldn’t get even better than this. My mouth is watering over the thought of this dish in front of me. I love how you added red pepper sauce, the flavours of the whole dish would really come together! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Mama Maggie's Kitchen
This looks Incredibly delicious. I have to make this Roasted Shrimp and Scallops in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce soon for my family!
Juice from a pepperchini jar?! Genius. It really adds something to this sauce, I can see why it’s a favorite! We love this with veggies and chicken, too! Thanks!
Marisa F. Stewart
This is definitely a dish I would order out at a restaurant. I love the combination of the shrimp and scallops. We usually have our shrimp and scallops with a butter lemon sauce but the peppers would give the dish an added kick. I already have the ingredients — this is going to be my birthday dinner.
What a dish! That roasted red pepepr sauce is to die for… another great recipe from you, Chef! Such a great comfort dish, and we will be making this one again!
Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer
Oh my goodness does this sound incredible! My mouth is watering right now just looking at the pictures! I love both shrimp and scallops and that sauce looks amazing!
I love spicy food! This will surely be a favorite of mine!
Rose Ann Sales
I’ve always wanted my seafoods spicy,this recipe makes me excited!
Mama Maggie's Kitchen
It looks delicious. I wish this were in front of me right now.
This is the kind of dish that my husband would go crazy for! He love all the ingredients!
What a great combination of ingredients! I love shrimp and scallops, and the sauce looks so good too! Yum!
This is such a simple yet incredibly delicious dish. It really us a great meal for everyone at dinner.