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A red dinner plate topped with scallops pasta with a brown butter.
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Brown Butter Scallops Pasta

Brown Butter Scallop Pasta with Bacon, an elegant yet easy dinner. The entire dinner is ready in about 20 minutes. Great for a crowd too.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Feast of the Seven Fishes, Scallop Dinner, Scallops and Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 serving
Calories 290kcal
Author Eileen Kelly



  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 cups bay scallops Note 1
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter Note 2
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped optional garnish
  • salt, optional Note 3


  • Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Set aside.
  • Place the scallops on paper towels and press with additional paper towels to remove moisture. Season with black pepper.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon to your preferred level of doneness. Remove the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate. Set aside.
  • To the pan, add the smashed garlic to the bacon grease and cook until lightly golden, about two minutes. Remove to a a plate
  • Add the dried scallops to the bacon grease and cook until golden brown, turning once.
  • Add the bacon and garlic back to the pan, along with the butter.
  • Sauté until the butter it is slightly browned. You can continue cooking until it reaches a chocolate brown-color, but avoid burning it.
  • Toss the cooked spaghetti with the scallop mixture, coating completely in the brown butter.
    Remove from heat and garnish with parsley.


Note 1: Sea Scallops are larger and are a fabulous substitute. We generally use 3-4 scallops per serving. They sear for about 2 minutes per side
Note 2:  I usually use unsalted butter for cooking and baking because I prefer to control the salt content. Salted butter can be used and be sure to taste the sauce before adding any additional sauce. 
Note 3: The scallops and bacon produce natural salt flavors. Taste the sauce before serving. If needed,  add additional salt, . 
  • One pound of large shrimp can be used, peeled and deveined. Same cooking times, about 3 minutes per side. The shrimp will be pink when cooked through.
  • Use your favorite long pasta such as linguine or fettuccini.
  • Herbs can change the flavor. Use your favorites such as basil, oregano, or thyme.
I'm not a registered dietician, I do my best to provide the most accurate nutritional values. Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation. Actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes.
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg