Mar 27, 2013

Linguini with Sautéed Scallops and Peas



Scallops are great for a quick meal any night of the week and are a real treat. They can be quickly sautéed, then added to salads like this Scallop and Baby Green Citrus Mojo Salad, and this delicious Scallop and Grapefruit Salad, but once in a while when I want something more substantial, I love it with pasta. Here I tossed it with some pasta and peas, for a dinner that took less than 15 minutes to make.

I love sea scallops and it takes very little effort to get delicious results. For best flavor seek out the freshest scallops. Before cooking remove the small, tough muscle attached to the side. You can easily double this recipe for four servings.

Low Fat, Clean Eating


Linguini with Sautéed Scallops and Peas

Servings: 2 Size: 1 cup pasta and 3 scallops Old Points: 7 pts Points+: 9 pts  
Calories: 374Fat: 6.5 g Protein: 27 g Carb: 56 g Fiber: 9 g • Sugar: 8
Sodium: 261 mg (without salt) Cholest: 40 mg

Ingredients:
 
  • 4 oz linguini, whole wheat or low carb
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp extra virgin oil
  • 1 tesp butter
  • 6 large sea scallops, cleaned
  • course salt
  • ground pepper

Directions:

Cook pasta in a medium pot of boiling salted water until al dente, according to package instructions adding the peas to the boiling pasta water 4 minutes before finished. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining, drain the pasta and return to pot. Add parsley and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Stir, adding reserved pasta water a little at a time. Adjust salt and pepper, to taste.

Meanwhile while the pasta is cooking, season the scallops with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium flame. Cook scallops until browned on one side, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip; cook until opaque throughout, about 30 to 60 seconds more, while their centers are still slightly translucent (you can check this by viewing them from the side). Be careful not to overcook or they will become tough. Serve over pasta.

48 comments :

  1. Gina,

    This recipe looks great and I adore scallops! But my DH just can't stand peas :( do you have any other (non-starchy) vegetable suggestions??

    C

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    1. Try a handful of fresh spinach or sauteed kale or mushrooms. This sounds so good, I can't wait to try it.

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    1. That's what I will use....asparagus!

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  3. Perfect, don't know why I didn't think of that one. Thanks for such a quick reply. We both just started WW this past week and I have been huffing and puffing the whole time. I found your blog and now I'm finally excited! I feel like maybe I actually CAN do this and not even feel deprived. Ive never been on a diet before and always have had body image issues. Im feeling so empowered now that I feel like I can control this instead of it controlling me. It has a ton to do with your recipes... I feel like I'm eating foods I love and everyone else is the one missing out. How great is it to full physically AND emotionally full?! Thank you Gina.

    -C

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  4. I'm so happy to hear that!! Great attitude to have!! Good luck C!

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  5. I was REALLY hoping your PP was correct :)

    I made something that a friend gave me the recipe for and it came out pretty bad (not from your website). My husband wanted to know why I dared to use a recipe that wasn't yours. Just thought you'd like to know that. Every single thing I've made from your recipes have been delicious. He's even eating things that he doesn't usually like. I made your turkey chili soup this weekend and he hates chili. LOVED your soup though. You really need to have your own show.

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  6. My son told me about skinnytaste, and I found this recipe. Tried it per the recipe the first time, but will try it will assaparagrus the next time.

    This is a great "date night" meal especially with a good bottle of white wine. Unfortunately, that ruins the calories, but it make for a great meal.

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    1. Yes it does, but one glass of wine once in a while doesn't hurt! ; )

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  7. this looks great but every time i cook scallops they don't cook right and I can't figure out what I am doing wrong

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    1. Really hot pan, butter and olive oil. Sear on one side (DONT TOUCH!!!), Turn with tongs when it will release- about 2 minutes. Cook one more minute, they should still be springy to the touch and a have a beautiful caramel color on the seared side. Serve right away.

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    2. thanks I will try it that way

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  8. I wish I would think to cook with scallops more often! You have quite a few great recipes on your site that use them.

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    1. Yes, I really love them, and they are so quick.

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  9. Gina, can you substitute shrimp?? or chicken?? in this?
    Would you know the point difference???
    Thanks so much!

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  10. That dish looks so yummy. Its great for a quick week night dinner. being vegetarian i need swap the scallops with some veggies though..

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  11. What a perfect spring meal! It looks so delicious, Gina!

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  12. Loving the photos. Our mouths are literally watering!!!!!

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  13. This looks awesome! I think I'm going to have to get a zucchini spiralizer and try this with it.

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  14. Oh my gosh, what gorgeous photos Gina! Scallops have got to be one of my most favourite types of seafood but I don't buy them often since the fresh ones are quite expensive. I love how delicate they are, and how few additional ingredients they need in order to taste amazing. Great post!

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    1. Thanks Angela, yeah I save them for special nights.

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  15. Just look at those perfectly browned, tender scallops. This is a great way to make a quick weeknight meal feel fancy.

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  16. Looks great! Can you recommend a good low carb pasta?

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  17. I'm sad to say, I have never had a scallop. I need to try them! Your dish looks amazing!

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  18. Love how awesome that browning is on top! I'm a sucker for scallops and these look magnificent!

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  19. This looks great, but 1 cup of pasta and only 3 scallops? Doesn't seem like much.

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  20. what is the exchange for shrimp because I am allergic to scallops?

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  21. I think shrimp would be a great substitute or addition to the scallops. And definitely use asparagus! Love skinny taste, use it almost every night for dinner. I have also told countless friends about it, do you need a partner. Lol

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  22. Made this tonight with the shrimp substitution because that's what I had -- delicious! I was afraid my husband wouldn't like it because we usually eat pasta with more sauce. He loved it! Definitely will keep this one in the rotation.

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  23. This makes me want to try scallops too!

    www.muststopbinging.blogspot.com

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  24. This recipe looks delicious. Do you know the nutritional values? If you post it on www.myrecipemagic.com they will calculate it for you and you can get paid for posting recipes.

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  25. Great combo! Is it flavorful? It seems like it could be a little bland?

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  26. Omg this sounds sooo good! I´m in love with scallops. I have to do this soon. Happy Easter from sunny Sweden
    Ella
    www.sottochsalt.com

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  27. Love this, great idea! Just tried it out tonight and it was phenomenal.

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  28. I added 2 cans snow's minced clams and half can of clam juice after sauteeing the scallops. Yum! I also used mini scallops (I thought I was buying the big ones) and cooked them for less time. Sooo good!

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  29. I just made this today and it was delicious! I never had the courage to cook with scallops before but it seemed so easy that I was brave enough to try. Thank you!

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  30. Such a simple and beautiful presentation. I featured it on my Friday Five - Fish addtion over @Feed Your Soul - http://chefpeterskitchen.blogspot.com/2013/04/friday-five-fish-addition.html

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  31. Made this tonight and was SHOCKED that it was such a hit with my 3 picky eaters (6 1/2 yo, 4 1/2 yo and 21 months). They devoured it!! (me too ;))
    Thanks for a great dinner!

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  32. Hi Gina - do you think cilantro would work in place of parsley in this dish? How would you change the recipe to accommodate it? I have a huuuuuge bunch of cilantro in my fridge and need to use it :)

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  33. Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is all about scallops? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers

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  34. Made this for a quick dinner tonight and was very happy! Simple and delicious, one of my favorite combinations :) Thanks! This one's a keeper!

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