Cheap Recipe: Sea Scallops Parmesan with Angel Hair Pasta

15 Oct

For a printable version of this recipe and complete ingredients listing, click here.

A great alternative to scampi when scallops are cheaper than shrimp!

A great alternative to scampi when scallops are cheaper than shrimp!

Sorry I missed a couple of days’ posts this week; our little guy, Jamie, has been sick (just a virus going around, in the end) and was home from preschool Tuesday and Wednesday, so my attention was on him. He’s doing much better today, though, and even went back to preschool, so it’s good to be out of the woods on that one!

Meanwhile, I made this a while back but never got around to posting it–so here it is at long last!

This is a great quickie dish for those nights when pasta sounds good but you just don’t feel like having any more marinara sauce in your life.

Also, the freezer section of your grocery store may have some hidden surprises for you–I scored a giant bag of scallops (big enough for two different nights’ meals) for exactly $5.00 at Wal-Mart.

I’ve seen 1-lb. bags of bay scallops as low as $3.99 at ALDI, and Kroger is notorious for their buy one, get one free sales on scallops and

This $5.00 bag of scallops was large enough for two nights' meals!

This $5.00 bag of scallops was large enough for two nights' meals!

 other fish packages.

So, if you think you’re too thrifty to dine on fancy seafood, you might just not be looking in the right place at the right time!

Bring pasta water to a rolling boil.

Bring pasta water to a rolling boil.

Begin by filling a large pot with water. Add a teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon butter to water and bring to boil.

Once water has achieved rolling boil, add about 6-8 ounces (1/2 box) of angel hair/vermicelli pasta and cook to al dente texture.

Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons

 lemon juice in a small skillet over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add 1/2 lb. thawed, drained bay scallops to pan.

Skillet-fry scallops until all pieces are completely opaque.

Skillet-fry scallops until all pieces are completely opaque.

Sprinkle scallops with 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon black or red pepper. Add fresh or dried parsley if desired; salt to taste.

Stir contents of skillet until scallops are uniformly opaque and edges become golden. Add more butter if sauce begins to disappear.

Use butter and parmesan cheese to keep pasta from forming a solid mass!

Use butter and parmesan cheese to keep pasta from forming a solid mass!

Drain cooked pasta and stir in additional butter or oil if strands are sticking together. Toss pasta in pot with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese until evenly coated.

Scoop vermicelli into 2-3 large individual pasta bowls. Top with scallop mixture and serve immediately.

Such buttery little bites!

Such buttery little bites!

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2 Responses to “Cheap Recipe: Sea Scallops Parmesan with Angel Hair Pasta”

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  1. Cheap Recipe: Pasta con Spinaci (Pasta with spinach) « The Red Kitchen Project - March 1, 2010

    […] immediately or refrigerate leftovers. This pasta makes a terrific bed for Sea Scallops Parmesan, Quick Saucy Meatballs or chicken […]

  2. The Red Kitchen Project » Blog Archive » Cheap Recipe: Pasta con Spinaci (Pasta with spinach) - February 10, 2011

    […] immediately or refrigerate leftovers. This pasta makes a terrific bed for Sea Scallops Parmesan, Quick Saucy Meatballs or chicken […]

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