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Bay Scallops with Pasta and Lemon Garlic Sauce

Jami Powell
It's scallop hunting season in Florida, so that means it's time to be on the lookout for some great recipes to make with the haul. This Bay Scallops with Pasta and Lemon Garlic Sauce recipe is one of our favorites because it combines creamy garlic linguine, buttery pan-seared scallops, and a touch of lemon and basil for freshness.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2


  • ¼ lb Scallops
  • ½ lb Linguine
  • 1 cup Freshly grated parmesan
  • 6-8 cloves Garlic
  • ½ cup White wine
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoon Butter
  • ½ qty Lemon (Juice of)
  • ¼ teaspoon Red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper


  • 2-3 leaves Basil
  • Lemon zest


  • Clean and pat scallops dry, then season them with a very small amount of black pepper. Prepare remaining ingredients.
  • In a cast iron skillet on medium heat, pan sear scallops for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove immediately after cooked and set aside for later.
  • Add salt to boiling water. Boil pasta according to package directions. While pasta is boiling, prepare the sauce.
  • Add butter to the skillet. When butter is almost melted, add garlic, red pepper flakes, and pepper. Cook until fragrant, about one minute.
  • Add white wine and a little pasta water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Remove pan from the burner if necessary.
  • When wine has reduced by half, add the juice of half a lemon.
  • After pasta has cooked and drained, add it to the sauce with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Stir well until cheese has melted. Taste and add more salt or parmesan cheese if desired.
  • Transfer prepared pasta to a serving bowl, then add the pan seared scallops on top. Add additional parmesan, lemon zest, and fresh chopped basil. Serve immediately.


Storage Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 1-2 days.  This dish is not freezer friendly.
Reheat Toss pasta with a little oil in a frying pan until heated through.
Nutrition The provided nutrition information is only an estimate.
Adjustments Cook time may need to be adjusted based on the geography of the area (high vs. low elevation), cookware (stoneware vs traditional bakeware), and outdoor temperature if grilling.
Keyword parmesan, seafood pasta
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