Food You Can Eat: Scallop Pasta

This recipe is from All Recipes. Yummy, and while higher in calories, fat, and carbs that I am trying to limit us to, it was surprising healthy considering the richness of the ingredients.


8 ounces uncooked thick spaghetti

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 pound scallops (sea or bay)

2 tablespoons butter

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

1 pinch red pepper flakes

⅓ cup dry sherry

1 cup heavy cream

salt and pepper to taste

1 lemon, juiced

2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley, divided

Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for serving

Rustic bread


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes or 1 minute less than directed on the package.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. When oil just starts to smoke, add scallops and move them into a single layer. Let sear on high for about 1 minute. Toss to turn. Add butter and stir scallops until butter melts. Stir in garlic. Add lemon zest and red pepper flakes. Stir in sherry and cook and stir until alcohol cooks off, about 1 minute. Pour in cream. When mixture begins to simmer, reduce heat to medium-low. Add salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

Drain pasta. Transfer to skillet with scallops; bring to a simmer. Add 1/2 of the chopped parsley. Cook until pasta is heated through and tender, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Garnish generously with grated cheese. Add the rest of the parsley. Serve in warm bowls with some rustic bread slices.

Nutrition per Serving (recipe serves 4)

671 calories with 34g fat, 53g carbs, and 38g protein.

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  1. I would order this if I saw it on a menu! While I love scallops, I’ve never cooked them before. They are unforgiving if overcooked and usually too pricy for me to dare try.

  2. No kidding, this is the kind of dish I dream about.  Especially since I stopped eating pasta.  My grandma used to make spaghetti with scallops and man, was it good.

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