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Scallops and Pasta with Pistachio-Parsley Pesto

Tips: Make pesto up to two days ahead; cover and chill. Buy sea scallops, not bay scallops. Sea scallops are bigger than bay scallops (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter compared with about 1/2 inch in diameter).

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 1996

  • Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound sea scallops
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons margarine
  • 2 cups hot cooked angel hair (about 4 ounces uncooked pasta)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Parsley sprigs (optional)


Place first 9 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides of processor bowl occasionally.

Combine scallops, flour, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in large zip-top plastic bag; seal, and shake to coat.

Heat margarine in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops; cook 3 1/2 minutes on each side or until scallops are done.

Combine pesto mixture and pasta in a large bowl, tossing well. Arrange 1 cup pasta on each plate, and divide scallops evenly between plates. Sprinkle with pepper; garnish with parsley, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 572
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 17.7g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 9.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.6g
  • Protein: 41.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 62.2g
  • Fiber: 5.9g
  • Cholesterol: 56mg
  • Iron: 6.4mg
  • Sodium: 620mg
  • Calcium: 125mg

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Scallops and Pasta with Pistachio-Parsley Pesto Recipe