I’m so excited to share this recipe as you can tell from the photos, this pasta is out-of-the-world delicious, and rivals the best of Italian restaurants. You need to make it for dinner tonight!
Bay Scallops or Big Scallops?
I used big scallops I got from Costco, they are fresh and reasonably priced.
However, bay scallops are definitely cheaper and will work just fine. The key is to choose “dry” (natural) scallops and not chemically treated “wet” scallops. Read more below.
How to Choose Scallops?
There are two types of scallops: treated vs. untreated scallops. Untreated scallops are wild, sea scallops which are naturally sweet, briny in taste and absolutely delicious.
The exterior is milky white in color, sometimes with a tint of yellow or pink. The scallops are opaque and non-slippery to the touch.
When you rinse the scallops with water, the water doesn’t become foamy. Treated scallops are cheaper; they usually look plump, translucent and slippery to the touch.
When you rinse them in water, the water becomes foamy. Stay away from this type of scallops as they pretty much have no taste with lots of chemicals.
When you purchase frozen scallops in a package, it’s very important you read through the label.
Treated wet scallops usually has sodium tripolyphosphate, or STPP in them.
Which Pasta to Use?
I used spaghetti, but you can certainly make this dish with linguine, spaghetti rigati, penne or rotini pasta.
The star of the dish is the creamy scallop pasta sauce made with garlic, white wine, heavy cream and other seasonings.
Serve Creamy Scallop Pasta with:
These side dishes go well with the scallop pasta. Make all of them for a wholesome dinner tonight!
Complete Meal Plan