Pasta/ Recipes/ Seafood

Scallop Linguine

You guys…it has been a WEEK.

Thank you all so much for your emails, comments, tweets, messages, smoke signals…whatever, regarding the book. I feel the love. Tonight I have my first “official” book reading/signing event in Sonoma County. I’m excited!

Okay, I’m actually really, really nervous!

Incredibly so.

I tend to get incredibly flustered in front of crowds, turn beet red and say ridiculous things. Let’s pray that doesn’t happen tonight. I plan to just bake away all my nervous energy today! Chocolate chip cookies, here I come.

I made this scallop linguine earlier in the week as sort of a celebratory book dinner for myself. It’s made up of a few of my favorite things: sea scallops seared in butter, cheese, cream, pasta, cream. Did I mention cream? It’s rich but perfect for a special meal.

This dish reminds me a lot of fettuccine alfredo without the entire stick of butter. Here, we just use a couple tablespoons! Believe it. It’s still just as rich and creamy, though, I promise!

And if cooking sea scallops freaks you out……get over it. They are so delicious. My mom used to make these seared sea scallops over potato pancakes with some sort of smoky chipotle crema and I still dream about quite frequently. I will say, though, that they do make your hands smell like the sea. I’m not sure if that’s your thing or not, but my best advice is to handle them as quickly as possible and avoid contact the best you can (use a fork or knife to place in the pan, that sort of thing).

You could also replace the scallops with shrimp here, although I won’t say I recommend it {even though I’m sure it’s delicious, too}.

It’s a perfect Friday night meal! Preferably with a glass of wine and some crusty bread to soak up any remaining cream sauce. Leftovers are still quite tasty the next day, as well. I know this from experience. This made for a very, very happy next day lunch. Although I swapped the wine for iced tea. My afternoon emails and conference calls would have been veryyyyy interesting had I not.

Enjoy! Make it for someone you love…like yourself.

Scallop Linguine

serves 2 generously

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6 oz dry linguine pasta

8 large sea scallops (about 1/2 lb)

1 shallot, minced

2 tbsp butter

1/4 cup dry white wine (a nice Chardonnay works great)

1/2 cup cream

1 handful freshly grated Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add linguine and cook until al dente. Drain pasta and set aside.

Heat the 1 tbsp butter in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Once hot, add the scallops. Cook scallops for about two minutes per side. Be careful not to overcook your scallops! Place scallops on a plate and set aside while you finish the sauce.

Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the pan, along with the shallots. Saute shallots for about 4 minutes, until soft. Deglaze the pan with the white wine, getting all the little shallot bits up off the bottom of the pan. Add cream and simmer for about 3 minutes.

Add cooked pasta to the sauce, along with the scallops and the handful of cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.


20 minutes

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  • Emily @ Life on Food
    September 7, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Yum, yum. For the longest time I thought scallops were something you only got in restaurants. I have recently started using them at home. Much easier to cook than I ever could have imagined. This definitely delicious looking. Good look tonight!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    September 7, 2012 at 3:59 am

    I made scallops for the first time at home just recently! They are sooooo good, I don’t know,what took me so long to try them. But I just served them plain, so this would be a good idea for next time. Thanks!

  • Brittany @ Brittany Cooks
    September 7, 2012 at 4:29 am

    I really need to cook more fish. Thanks for inspiring me, and good luck with your tour! I haven’t gotten your book yet, but can’t wait to read it! πŸ™‚

  • Elisabeth
    September 7, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Good luck tonight! I’m sure you’ll be fabulous πŸ˜€

  • ellie
    September 7, 2012 at 5:03 am

    YUMMMM I am sure you have had a crazy crazy week! I am loving your book and wish so much I could come to Charlotte (I go to school at Appalachian State) and meet you! However, I have night class that Monday. Oh well… I will just have to consider you my virtual friend!

  • Jessie
    September 7, 2012 at 5:33 am

    “make it for someone you love … like yourself.” excellent notion πŸ™‚

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 7, 2012 at 5:34 am

    This looks perfect for fall….rich, tasty and totally comforting!
    Good luck tonight Jenna…hoping your nerves are calmed and you can just soak up the excitement of the evening at your 1st book signing. Woot woot ; )

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    September 7, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Oh SNAP! I just bought scallops yesterday and they were in my dinner, but I have some leftover which means I can make this!! Congrats again on the book, Jenna. Good luck for the signing tonight as well. Don’t worry – if you say silly things no one will notice because they will be too lost in either 1) admiring your shoes, 2) thinking “she has such cool glasses!” or 3) wondering “where did she get such a cute dress?”…. or all 3 of the above. Have fun!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    September 7, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Love that last line! I wish you were headed my way for your tour! How fun:)

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    September 7, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Oh this looks so delicious – creamy, rich pasta is one of my favorite dishes. I wish I could eat it everyday! Looking forward to trying this recipe. Reading this post had me fighting to not drool at my work desk and longing for a nice, crisp class of wine… at 8am. Hey, at least it’s Friday!

  • Urban Wife
    September 7, 2012 at 6:31 am

    You will be fabulous tonight, no matter what! πŸ™‚

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    September 7, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Best of luck on le tour. Don’t get busted for PEDs.

    Anyone…? Does that joke work on a food blog?

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture
    September 7, 2012 at 6:48 am

    so simple and delicious I am sure! love the addition of that crusty bread. yum!
    can’t wait to get my hands on your book soon–everyone has said such great things about it!

  • domonique @ a bowl full of simple
    September 7, 2012 at 6:50 am

    good luck tonight! wish my copy would show up already! thank you amazon

  • Diana
    September 7, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Oh, I def need to try and make this. Good luck at your signing/speaking event!

  • Shannon (A Fork In Each Hand)
    September 7, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I started and finished your book this week – I’m so excited for you! I hope I’m in your shoes someday! You’ll be fine tonight, just breathe in and enjoy the moment! πŸ™‚

  • Kaitlin
    September 7, 2012 at 7:01 am

    After I saw you Instagram a picture of this, I was inspired to create my own version for a nice quiet dinner at home. Did everything pretty much the same except I added lemon!

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl
    September 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I’m sure you will do great tonight! Try to really enjoy it and have a great time. I love the simplicity of this recipe, yet I know it tastes anything, but simple.

  • Stephanie
    September 7, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll be just fine at your signing. Have fun! ^_^

  • Kitchen Mommy
    September 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

    This looks so delicious! But would it be too, too much to ask, if I were to beg for your mom’s seared scallop + potato pancake + smoky chipotle crema recipe? It also sounds like a meal I’d like to serve (and eat!)!

  • Em
    September 7, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Looks fabulous! And I LOVE scallops!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful meal, Jenna! This looks so classy and elegant but do-able at home, even on a weeknight!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    September 7, 2012 at 8:02 am

    That meal looks delicious!! Definitely adding it to my list of thinks to make!

    Also, I don’t think you have anything to worry about on your book tour! I got your book yesterday in the mail and read it in one sitting- I couldn’t put it down! It’s a great book and success is sure to follow you!

  • Heidi @foodiecrush
    September 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I am such a sucker for ANYTHING with scallops and this recipe sounds deevine. I’m taking your book with me camping this weekend, time for a little R&R and to get down with some food reading. So excited for your release, congrats!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    September 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I’ve never cooked scallops myself, but this just looks too fantastic not to try. I have started a new tradition – one Friday night each month is going to be devoted to me, myself, and I. I’m thinking a hot bath, a good book, a glass or two of wine, and something fantastic to eat. It all starts tonight. I’m tempted to make this as my first meal!
    PS. Good luck tonight – you will be fabulous, I just know it. xoxo

  • Caroline L.
    September 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Good luck good luck! You will kill it!

    This reminds me of the linguine I always had when I was a kid at Macaroni Grill… ha, I want right now!!

  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna
    September 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

    i’ve never had scallops before but this recipe looks delicious!

  • Kahea
    September 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I wish I could make it up to Sonoma tonight for your book signing, but alas, I have a slipped disk. πŸ™ Good luck! Also, I just found out I’m no longer allergic to scallops so…guess what’s on the menu this weekend! THIS.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    September 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

    i LOVE scallops and love the simplicity of this recipe. I love that they can adapt to any flavor and cook so quickly!

  • Michelle
    September 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I definitely don’t give scallops enough love!

  • Iris
    September 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

    What a simple but sexy meal! Makin’ it.

  • jaime @ sweet road
    September 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Congratulations! That must be so exciting (and nerve racking, I’m sure)! Good luck with everything, and oh…. I’m drooling over this pasta dish.

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    September 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever made scallops at home – but I would definitely try with this recipe. πŸ™‚

  • stevie
    September 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    you’re not alone, I’m people shy! Always have been but have to say, its gotten sooo much better with age!

  • Jess
    September 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Good luck tonight! If you wander towards the east coast you should add Portland, ME to your tour! Beautiful, ΓΌber foodie city by the sea!!

  • kristine
    September 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I just finished your book and loved every page!! You truly are such an amazing person and I’m sure that all shined through tonight πŸ™‚

  • Sonal
    September 8, 2012 at 6:56 am

    This dish looks soo good! I’ve never tried making scallops at home but I just might change that soon. Thanks Jenna!

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    September 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Hope everything went great last night!!! πŸ™‚

  • Andrea
    September 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

    It was so nice to meet you last night!! You did great, and bringing the crowd cookies? Totally won us over. Obviously. I brought the book home and spent two hours with my eyes glued to the pages… the only reason I stopped before I finished was because I needed to get up to go to work today and didn’t want to be all sorts of groggy. I know what I’ll be doing on my lunchbreak today..

  • Destini
    September 10, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I can’t wait to pick up a copy!! Huge Congrats πŸ™‚

  • Kristin
    September 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I’m making this tonight … my first time ever cooking scallops at home! This recipe looks so good.

  • Kristin
    September 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight … it was SO yummy! I am now not afraid to cook scallops at home : ) Now you need to post your Mom’s scallop recipe over the potato pancake with the chipotle sauce! I need more scallop recipes : )

  • Bernice
    May 4, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Scallop is everything and with this recipe…I think it is worth a try! By the way, what really concerns me more and more is the WATER QUALITY in OC cities. Horrible chemicals in our tap water.
    I checked my city ( Aliso Viejo) and found Fluoride is added. Uggh.
    If you want to check your city, Google your local water quality report . I used this site, it had all of Socal and OC cities listed :