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Basil Pesto Pasta with Scallops

Try this simple recipe of Basil Pesto Pasta with Scallops for a light but satisfying dinner that is so flavorful yet easy to prepare.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, European, Italian
Keyword: basil pesto pasta, pesto pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 1040kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10-12 scallops
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 small onion - chopped
  • ½ cup basil pesto sauce
  • salt and pepper - to taste
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz pasta noodles (cooked as per package direction)


  • Pat dry the scallops with a paper towel and then sprinkle them with some salt.
  • Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over high heat. Cook the scallops searing both sides for about 1-2 minutes each side. Remove scallops from oil and set aside for now.
  • Add 3 tablespoon more of olive oil to the pan. Now under medium heat, saute the garlic and onions until tender.
  • Add back the scallops and also the pesto sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Toss in the cooked pasta noodles and mix well. Remove from heat and serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.


Calories: 1040kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 883mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 2.2mg