Seared scallops over pasta with avocado pesto

Heather Disarro

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Seared scallops over pasta with avocado pesto means a romantic weeknight supper for a date night in or family dinner alike!

Seared scallops over pasta with avocado pesto

Seared scallops over pasta with avocado pesto

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 pound fresh bay scallops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup prepared store-bought basil pesto
  • 1 whole ripe avocado
  • Parmesan cheese (optional garnish)

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Drain and reserve about 1/4 cup of the cooking water.
  4. Pat the scallops completely dry and season 1 side with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat a large pan over medium heat.
  6. Add the olive oil.
  7. Place the scallops seasoned-side-down and let them cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Do not move them yet; you want to make sure they get a nice sear.
  9. Season the other side with salt and pepper.
  10. When the first side is a golden brown color, turn the scallops and allow to cook another 3-4 minutes until done.
  11. Allow them to rest on a plate for a few minutes before serving.
  12. In a large bowl, mash together the pesto and avocado until completely incorporated and not lumpy. A food processor is also a good option for this.
  13. Once the pasta is done and the pesto is made, stir the 2 together with a little of the reserved cooking liquid to help create a sauce.
  14. Serve hot with the seared scallops on top and garnish with Parmesan cheese if using.

More romantic scallop recipes

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Fried scallops with Parmesan topping

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.