Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
4 servings

The key to obtaining the perfect sear on the scallops is to cook them in a very hot pan. Fresh linguine has a silky texture that provides a nice contrast to the browned crust on the scallops. Add mixed greens tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 2 tablespoons pasta water. Combine pasta, reserved 2 tablespoons pasta water, 1/4 cup cheese, 1 tablespoon oil, chopped basil, and pepper in a large bowl; toss well.

Step 2

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Sprinkle salt evenly over scallops; add scallops to pan. Cook 1 minute on each side or until golden.

Step 3

Place 1 cup pasta mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with about 3 scallops and 1 1/2 teaspoons remaining cheese. Serve with lemon wedges.

Ratings & Reviews


October 22, 2017
This dish I made for my sweets for dinner on sweetest day (Ohio) my wife and mother. Was excellent and will be making again. Everything complemented each other's different notes from the sprinkle of the lemon wedge the fresh basil and fresh linguine. And as another poster said the sear on the scallops was beautifully noted with the fresh linguine. Absolutely delicious.

nola0107's Review

February 14, 2009
I thought this was just ok. I don't think I'll make it again. The scallops were decent. The pasta lacked excitement. I added a little minced garlic to add some flavor to the scallops.

msalinas120's Review

October 13, 2009
Scallops can be a pretty penny, however, I must say this dish was completely worth it!! We didn't use the lemon and added string green beans with Kosher salt. Take the time to make this outstanding dish.

Stephspineapple's Review

June 10, 2013

acsmith321's Review

August 03, 2010
This was a great weeknight meal-especially on a blistering hot day! It was so quick and delicious. The pasta was light and the basil added that special taste of freshness to the dish. The scallops were perfect with 2 minutes per side and had a beautiful sear on them. The key here is a scalding hot pan and do not touch them once they have been placed in the pan! I served this with a mixed greens salad and veggies straight from our garden with a light olive oil and lemon juice dressing. I would highly recommend this and will definitely make again!

dgitlin612's Review

April 11, 2009
Followed the recipe, except sauteed some mushrooms before the scallops, then added them to the pasta. Also, had no romano, so used parmesan. Served stir-fried baby bok choy with this. We both thought overall it was very good.

Emz101's Review

May 06, 2013
This was amazing. The fresh pasta makes such a difference. I used parm since that's what I had on hand and added some peas to the pasta. 1 Min per side for the scallops was perfect. Would def make this again.

Caroline09's Review

November 24, 2009
We love scallops and I thought this was really good. I'm adding it to our regular rotation. I forgot to save the pasta water, so I used some of the juice that the scallops created after I took them off the stove. I know the recipe said to cook 1 min each side, but I did 2 because I didn't want to worry they were undercooked. I thought 2 was perfect. Served with a side of brussel sprouts.

carolfitz's Review

May 02, 2009
Made to recipe, quick & easy. Our trick to "perfect" seared scallops is to pat them dry several times, using fresh paper towels each time. Then put in fridge for 20-30min to air-dry. Season with kosher salt in the pan, don't fuss with them, turn once. First course CL's grilled romaine salad & plated with CL's sauteed chard with red pepper. Very good.


March 06, 2017
Keep it simple, stupid.  That phrase defines this recipe.  Have made this one several times over the years.  The only reason we do not have it often is that scallops can be so expensive!  $29.99 a pound at New Seasons today.  Ouch.  But the flavors are lovely.  Note to self:  don't over season, the scallops are salty enough!  The fresh pasta is a must.  Sometimes I opt for 1 T of butter instead of the olive oil.  Oven roasted asparagus is a nice side and you can roast some garlic along with then use some of that in the pasta too, if you want.