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Monday, April 9, 2012

Recipe for Scallops with Creamy Pesto Pasta-Secret Recipe Club

The blog I got to snoop around on this month for the Secret Recipe Club was Lisa's Cook Lisa Cook.  Lisa and her family (husband and daughter) live in the Atlanta area, near where I used to live and where I still have family.  She's a transplant from New England, her hubby from across the Atlantic, and their daughter all the way from China.  Lisa also writes another blog about their life as an adoptive family.  But on to this recipe-it comes together pretty quickly so best to be organized.  I used a commercial pesto sauce and it was fine but I do think this would be amazing with the fresh taste of homemade pesto-next time!  Lisa also used lemon pepper pasta which I could not find so I used my favorite multi-grain and added a generous squirt of lemon to the sauce.

Yield: 2 servings
Time: 25 minutes

  • 8 large scallops. dried very well
  • 2 servings of your favorite pasta (I used whole grain linguine)
  • Peanut oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 1/2 cup minced sweet red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free half and half
  • Juice from 1 large lemon

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Generously season the scallops with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat, and add just enough oil to coat the bottom.  Heat until very hot.
  • Heat enough oil over medium high heat to coat the bottom of another pan and add the shallots, cooking for a minute or two until softened.  Then add the red pepper and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • While the veggies are cooking, sear the scallops 2 minutes per side (don't overcook, they should be slightly translucent in the center).
  • Stir the pesto and half and half in to the veggies and cook over medium until warmed through and gently bubbling.  Stir in the lemon juice.
  • Combine the sauce and cooked pasta. 
  • Serve the pasta topped with the scallops.

I think this would also be good with shrimp.  Thanks to Lisa for a creative recipe idea!

Check out all the recipes from this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal through the links below.