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Linguine With Scallops Recipe

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Scallops are quickly sauteed in butter, olive oil, and garlic, then served over linguine pasta. Take care not to overcook the scallops. This is a simple dish that is robust with flavor.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 3/4 pound sea, bay, or calico scallops
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus 1 Tablespoon
  • 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup toasted plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 pound linguine or spaghetti


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. If you are using sea scallops, cut them into 1/4- to 1/2-inch chunks; cut bay scallops in half; leave calicos whole.

Combine the 1/4 cup olive oil with the butter, if you are using it, and the garlic in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook until the garlic turns pale tan, stirring occasionally. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the scallops, salt, and pepper, and cook just until the surface of the scallops turns opaque, about 2 minutes. Add the bread crumbs and half the parsley and turn off the heat.

Salt the boiling water and cook the pasta until it is tender but firm. When it is just about done, reheat the scallops over medium heat. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking liquid if you omitted the butter. Toss the pasta with the sauce and the remaining olive oil, add a little pasta-cooking water if necessary, and top with the remaining parsley.

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe Source: How To Cook Everything : Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman (Macmillan)
Reprinted with permission.

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 5 out of 5
Really Quick and Surprising Tasty, Member TabathaKuzina

I found this dish to be very delicious, the bread crumbs sounded a little strange, but let me tell you it made the dish, YUMMY!! I would definately make this again, the only thing I found was that the sauce became a little to thick, but you can easily thin it down with a little water. Enjoy!!

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