Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomatoes

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Sauteed bay scallops with tomatoes and a touch of white wine and lemon juice served over angel hair pasta.

Sauteed bay scallops with tomatoes and a touch of white wine and lemon juice served over angel hair pasta.Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomatoes

More of my favorite seafood pasta dishes are Linguini and Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Linguini with Sauteed Scallops and Peas.

If you’re looking for a special dinner to make for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, this is a perfect dish. For starters, it takes less than 15 minutes to make, so you’ll have less time cooking, and more time together. Secondly, scallops date back to ancient Greece as an aphrodisiac. As legend has it, the goddess Aphrodite was carried to earth on the shell of a scallop.

Personally, I love scallops for their sweet, delicate flavor. Bay scallops are the smaller variety and are usually less expensive than sea scallops. They are wonderful tossed with pasta and take less than a minute to cook.

Sauteed bay scallops with tomatoes and a touch of white wine and lemon juice served over angel hair pasta.

Because bay scallops retain so much water, it’s really important that you dry them well before cooking, and you really want to cook them in a hot pan so you get a quick sear. I cook them in 2 or 3 batches depending on the size of my pan. Don’t skip this step because you don’t want to overcrowd the pan, otherwise the scallops will become rubbery and won’t sear.

Sauteed bay scallops with tomatoes and a touch of white wine and lemon juice served over angel hair pasta.

If you’re family doesn’t like whole wheat pasta, a great trick I like to do is use both whole wheat and semolina. You don’t really notice the taste of the whole wheat and your getting the added benefits of using a whole grain.

Sauteed bay scallops with tomatoes and a touch of white wine and lemon juice served over angel hair pasta.

For all you spaghetti squash lovers out there, I’m sure this would be wonderful over roasted spaghetti squash as a gluten-free, lower-carb alternative.

Sauteed bay scallops with tomatoes and a touch of white wine and lemon juice served over angel hair pasta.
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Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomatoes

345 Cals 27 Protein 43 Carbs 5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
CUISINE: Italian
Sauteed bay scallops with tomatoes and a touch of white wine and lemon juice served over angel hair pasta.


  • 1 lb bay scallops, dried well
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 14 oz can diced petite tomatoes, drained
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 7 oz angel hair pasta, I used half whole wheat*
  • *Use brown rice pasta or quinoa pasta for gluten free.


  • Put a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet on high heat. When hot, add 1 tsp of oil and the butter over medium-high heat until mixture starts to brown.
  • MAKE SURE THE PAN AND OIL MIXTURE IS VERY HOT - Transfer HALF of the scallops to the skillet and cook WITHOUT MOVING until seared: ABOUT 30 SECONDS. Gently flip and sear on other side for another 20 - 30 SECONDS. Remove from skillet and set aside; cook remaining scallops and repeat as the first batch; set aside with first batch.
  • Add the angel hair to the boiling salted water, cook according to package instructions for al dente.
  • Reduce the skillet to medium-high heat; add remaining teaspoon of oil. When hot add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, wine, salt and pepper and cook an additional 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of parsley, remove from heat.
  • Drain any liquid that accumulates from the scallops, then add the scallops to the skillet and remove from the heat.
  • Drain the pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Top with the scallops and sauce, more fresh parsley and serve with grated parmigiano if desired.


Serving: 11/4 cup, Calories: 345kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 318mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 2.5g
WW Points Plus: 9
Keywords: angel hair pasta recipes, Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomatoes, bay scallop recipes, scallop pasta, seafood pasta recipes
Sauteed bay scallops with tomatoes and a touch of white wine and lemon juice served over angel hair pasta.

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  1. Absolutely delicious

  2. Absolutely a #1 quick pasta dish! Followed your directions to the “t”……….good enough for a nice Italian company dinner……….with anti pasto fiirst,,,,,,,,,,,,and a nice wine!…………..

  3. This is unbelievably good and very easy!  I love all the skinny taste recipes!

  4. This is an amazing dish.

  5. Don’t normally comment on many recipes, but this was a hit. Exceptionally delicious. Of course quality of the scallops will dramatically effect how this turns out. But you don’t need to pay a lot for them, the one’s I used were less than $5 for the pound at a local market. Frozen, but a little bit larger than many of the Bay Scallops you see. I altered a bit. Used fresh tomatoes because we are in the middle of tomato season. Added some fresh chives, parsley and basil from my garden. And added a dozen little necks that were on sale at Whole Foods as well as the broth I used to steam them in. The combination of whole grain and regular pasta was perfect.

  6. light and delicious, we like heat so I added some crushed red pepper.

  7. This recipe was easy and really delicious!

  8. This was awesome! Lots of nice flavor and SUPER quick!! Scallops were frozen so I steamed them and dried with a towel. Other than that, followed this recipe to a “t” and we were very pleased!

  9. Made this recipe today with small bay scallops and it turned out good. II love lemon flavors so I added some lemon pepper and more lemon juice and the flavor was amazing. My family loved it. I will be making again soon using larger scallops that are easier to seer.

  10. Just made this last night.  Used 3 cans of diced tomatoes.  Doubled all the other ingredients.  Used 2lbs. of sea scallops instead of bay scallops.  Went a little easier on the parsley.  A half cup of chopped parsley seemed like a bit much.  

  11. My husband LOVED this recipe. It’s very easy to halve, which makes it an easy meal for two people. I loved the freshness of the tastes, even using dried herbs, and it’s easily adaptable to the herbs you might have in any garden. Fabulous!

  12. Delicious, easy to make

  13. Huge hit with my Dad who is recovering from surgery and asked for something with pasta, tomatoes and scallops! Whole family enjoyed it immensely and asked for the recipe. I used sea scallops which took longer to cook (30 – 40 mins total rather than 15 mos) but was delicious!! Highly recommend.

  14. This turned out so good!  My family loved it. It was flavorful and easy to prepare. We did add some sliced olives to it for a bit of color. We will definitely be making this again.

  15. This is literally one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever made and I cook a lot. So tasty!! I didn’t have white wine on hand so I used red and it worked beautifully. The sauce is amazing, I could eat it without the scallops and still be happy. Thanks, Gina! 

  16. This was my first time making this & honestly, I did make a few minor mistakes like leaving the garlic in the pan for a little too long, but you couldn’t even tell when you throw everything in together! 

  17. I really like bay scallops. Maybe more then the large ones. I added some more veggies to this dish. Birds eye frozen artichoke hearts, chopped left over asparagus, and some chopped fresh spinach. I used juice from 1/2 a lemon and some added spices from Penzey’s- Mural of Flavor and Old World. I used House Foods tofu noodles for me and made whole wheat angel hair pasta for husband. We both declared it a favorite recipe.

  18. I've made this a few times …. so delicious!!! And the family didn't notice the difference in pasta when I mixed semolina with whole wheat pasta. So yay!

  19. Get real Scollops, not the fake bay ones.

  20. super yum 🙂 I've only tried cooking scallops once before, with the bigger kind… no bueno. the smaller kind was much easier and came out perfectly tender. thanks!!

  21. So So good! I made mine with shrimp instead of scallops! Very quick and easy. The best part is my kids liked it!

  22. Good morning, I have featured this recipe on my blog for my weekly seafood round-up and have also linked this recipe to your original post so that my readers will be forwarded to your site. Thank you for allowing me to share and have a wonderful weekend. Here is the link:

  23. I love scallop pasta and yours is worth trying.

  24. I made this vegan by using chickpeas instead of scallops. It was so delicious that I'm cooking this for my second time since your post!

  25. This was delicious! We kicked it up a notch with some red pepper flakes 🙂

  26. Is there something I can use as a substitute for the wine in the recipe? This recipe sounds so yummy, but I just can't use wine.

  27. I just made this… There were a few substitutions. I had already cooked shrimp that was thawed out from yesterday, I heated it up in a skillet with a little evoo. In the other pan, I made the sauce exactly like the recipe called for, except I added frozed chopped spinach (that I microwaved real quick). I added the cooked spinach and the heated shrimp to the sauce and it was absolutely delicious! Yummy! Thanks Gina! Love your recipes!

  28. Can you use frozen bay scallops for this?

  29. Made this tonight…..I was a little hesitant because I had never cooked scallops before, but it looked so good! It was amazing!! So light and fresh! I LOOOOOVE your website. I always come here first when I'm looking for a delicious, skinny recipe. Thanks so much, Gina!!!

  30. Really great recipe. Next time, I'll slice the garlic and parsley before hand, and not get the oil so hot; whoops!

    I'll definitely make this again.

  31. How do you think it would taste re-heated? My husband doesn't eat scallops, so I'd be cooking this just for me. I'd cut the recipe in half, but I'd still have leftovers. I just don't want the scallops to taste funny the next day.

  32. JUST made this and IT was amazing, Gina!! I love scallops and I used gluten-free pasta and it came out great.
    Have a great weekend!

  33. I made this for Valentines Day and it was delish! We made it with sea scallops, instead of bay scallops, so they had to cook a bit longer. Overall, I would definitely make this again! And I loved that it was so quick!

  34. Couldn't find the scallops so used bay shrimp – did NOT love it. I'm sure jumbo shrimp might be better, but this was downright not good. No reflection on you, Gina, we love everything of yours. 🙂

  35. My wife was knocked off her feet over this made for her on Valentines Day thanks Gina

  36. Oh my gosh, my husband said this was the best thing I have ever made. This is an amazing dish! I want more recipes with these delicious little things!

  37. This turned out amazing! My husband and kids approved =) The scallops cooked on high heat kind of smoked out the house, not sure if there is a way to fix that? But still worth it! =)

  38. substituted shrimp and served with Gina's cheddar garlic biscuits. i had a very happy fiance!

  39. I love scallops! This looks out of this world delicious!

  40. I saw this on Facebook this past week and knew my family would love it…and they did! I used sea scallops and added shrimp (two picky eaters that ate the shrimp) and it was so delicious! Thank you Gina for all of your great recipes!

  41. I've been cooking things off this blog since I started my diet and January, but this is the first time I've commented. I've never had scallops before so I just tried this because it looked really good, and it surpassed my expectations. The tomato mixture is amazing.

  42. Just made this recipe. It was so delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

  43. I made this with spaghetti squash last night. It was easy, delicious and felt very gourmet. I plan to make it again for my sweetie…

  44. I made this last night and it turn out so good, thank you for your blog I love it!!!

  45. I loved this! I made it with Whole Wheat Spagetti to make it more low carb, but I could just eat the scallop mixture. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  46. I made this tonight, it was delicious!

  47. Made this last night, thank you so much! It was delish! Next time I make it I believe I will add in some fresh basil from our yard vs the parsley, even though it was wonderful.

    I did not have white wine so I used chicken broth, and it was very good. I also used veggie pasta instead of the wheat.

    The family loved it!

  48. Uhh made this tonight it is so good! I added some shrimp.

  49. Love those little bays!

  50. Sneaky Sneakerson! I love your deceptive ways… I'll have to try your pasta trick just to trick myself.

  51. I will definitely try this. Did not know the difference between bay scalops and sea scallops. I learn so much from your site and love cooking your recipes. I have sent your site to my brother in law in France.
    I am from Canada and have a hard time to find the low fat cheeses. Any idea about equivalent cheese that you use in your recipes?

    • I am in Canada too, and I find that President's Choice Blue Menu line (carried at Loblaws)offers up a lot of low fat cheeses. We use their low fat shredded cheddar and their low fat goat cheese.

  52. I don't drink wine so I never make recipes that this is an ingredient BUT I would like to make this one. What white wine do you use??

  53. This looks great! Can you use shrimp and would it change the WW points?

    • I used 12 oz raw, deveined, tail-off shrimp which I think is 8PP. I believe that 1lb raw scallops is 9PP, so I think that's pretty much equivalent.

  54. Made this last night–couldn't find sea scallops at Super Target so I substituted shrimp and it was great. I did have a bit of an "I Love Lucy" moment where I got the pan too hot before adding the oil. There was smoke everywhere! Thank goodness stainless steel is not too hard to clean. Great recipe, Gina!

  55. What a lovely dinner! This one is going in the recipe box for sure!

  56. Gina,

    My husband is allergic to scallops but can have other seafood. Do you have a seafood alternative that wouldn't change the points value? Please let me know! Would love to try it out!

  57. I think I'll try this with spaghetti squash instead of pasta!

  58. I don't have a sweetie for Valentine's Day this year, but I think I'll make this for myself and treat myself to something special. Thanks for the great recipe!

  59. This looks fantastic, I love the array of colours 🙂

  60. As always you've come up with another creative (and healthy) spin on pasta, can't wait to try it!

  61. Oh wow, this looks so amazing! I love scallops and with pasta? Perfection!

  62. This sounds just fantastic! I like your idea about mixing the two different pastas as well and not tasting the whole grain one. Thank you for that suggestion.

  63. Made this tonight. Was easy and good. My husband said "I'd eat this again." Thanks for ALL of your recipes. For the first time in a long time I feel like cooking again because you have so many healthy AND yummy options. Keep 'em coming!

  64. This sounds delicious Gina! I adore scallops but only buy them occasionally because they can be pretty pricey (especially the really big ones.) Might have to buy some as a little treat this weekend though! 😉

  65. Such a lovely dish – easy, elegant and super flavorful! Looks so delicious Gina!

  66. This looks so delicious. Yum!

    Lauren x
    Gordon + Gold

  67. I need to make these scallops now! Yum!

  68. I HAVE to learn how to grill scallops because this sounds too yummy not to make!! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  69. I always forget about bay scallops! I usually cook up sea scallops but you are right the bay scallops are better for a pasta dish! Thanks for the reminder and the great recipe!

  70. Can you tell me what the points would be if I used Smart spaghetti?
    LOVE your recipes…thank you!!

  71. My husband doesn't eat ANY food from the sea. 🙂 What would be a good substitute for the scallops?

  72. Delicious. I will try with either spaghetti squash or ribbons of zucchini. Thank you!

  73. Love the simplicity of this recipe! I've never had bay scallops. I think I would actually like them better than regular sized scallops. Can't wait to give this a try!

  74. I make something similar to this but with heavy cream – i LOVE that this is a healthier version! I will replace my old recipe with this one. One more reason i love this site!!

    Keep up the good work!!!

  75. Those bay scallops look just like chickpeas! Great recipe — I can't wait to try it 😀

  76. Fornia rolls) but I'd use xh

  77. Yum! I'm not a fish eater (besides calif

  78. This plain just looks good.


  79. We love bay scallops….little juju beans from the sea.

  80. With my WW calculator, this recipe comes out to 8 Points Plus.

  81. Looks SO amazing! I just love scallops!