Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon

Posted on Jan 26 2015 - 11:17am by Barry C. Parsons

Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon – ready in well under 30 minutes, this in one quick & easy meal that’s sure to impress. It easily adapts to serve just two as well, making it an ideal choice for a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day or at any time of the year you want to pamper your sweetheart.

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Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon; as we get ready to usher in February, I begin to get messages from folks who are looking for easy ways to cook a special dinner at home for their sweetheart. My suggestions for those occasions usually fall into 2 categories, slow cooked and ready to serve from the oven or quick and easy which can take only a few minutes on the kitchen to prepare.

This recipe definitely comes under the quick and easy category but delivers great flavour in minimum time. The key here of course is preparation, which speeds up the process even more. A great idea for this recipe is to prepare everything you need in advance and then spend as little as 15 minutes to get this delicious dish on the table. Precook the bacon, chop the garlic, have a pot of salted water on the stove ready to boil for the pasta; basically anything you can think of that can be done in advance.

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One great tip is to prep all the ingredients individually, place them in small dessert dishes or ramekins and place all of them on a tray which gets completely covered with plastic wrap and placed in the fridge. When the time comes to do the actual cooking, you won’t be searching around the fridge for ingredients, you’ll just pull out the tray, pull off the plastic and set to work. Think of it like preparing for a cooking show. Most of the time the reason that the cooking looks so easy on these shows and also goes so flawlessly, is because everything the chef needs is at hand. This is a great habit to get into no matter what you are cooking but when time is of the essence, it’s even more important, especially when romance awaits.

Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon

Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon

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Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon - ready in well under 30 minutes, this in one quick & easy meal that's sure to impress. It easily adapts to serve just two as well, making it an ideal choice for a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day or at any time of the year you want to pamper your sweetheart.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian Inspired
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Barry C. Parsons
Ingredients
  • ¾ pound dry spaghetti
  • 4 slices crisp cooked bacon chopped
  • 1 pound medium sized scallops
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup low sodium seafood stock or chicken stock
  • cups whipping cream
  • 2 large tomatoes center pulp removed and diced small.
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the dry spaghetti to al dente in salted water and drain.
  2. Crisp cook the bacon in a large sauté pan and roughly chop it. Set aside.
  3. Season the scallops with salt and pepper and pan sear them in the bacon fat for only about 1½ to 2 minutes per side and set aside with the bacon.
  4. Drain the bacon fat from the pan and add the olive oil and garlic; cook for only a minute to slightly soften the garlic.
  5. Add the white wine and seafood stock and simmer quickly for a few minutes until the liquid has reduced by about ⅓. Add the cream and simmer for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper if needed, then add the bacon, tomatoes and the scallops to the sauce. Simmer for only a minute or two to warm the scallops through before adding the cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese.
  7. Toss together the pasta and sauce very well before serving.

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Liz
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Sounds wonderful. Thank you Barry.

Catherine
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What a beautiful looking dish. It is true classic comfort.

Emilia Legacy
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Love the recipes

Emilia Legacy
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Enjoy all the recipes try a few and enjoy them

juliette
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Wanting to make this!! It appears one doesn’t use the roe on the scallops; is that correct? Thanks!

Rob
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Great recipe. tastes awesome. 1 1/2 – 2 minutes each side seems a little long though especially as they will keep cooking when you add them to the pasta. 40 second each side in a hot pan is better for the scallop,

Carol
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This looks like a recipe I have been looking for except for the tomatoes. Could you use sun-dried tomatoes instead?

Lynne
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Thank you for all your recipes! You are my go to guide always when cooking or baking! I have made this with smoked salmon added, always a hit!! Thank you!

Jennifer
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The sauce was very thin and, unfortunately, not very creamy. Is there any way to thicken it up so that it coats the pasta better?

Mike Wasson
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Has anyone tried this recipe using shrimp instead of scallops?

Kayla
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Made this for my boyfriend. Quick and easy. Tasted SOOO good!

Danielle
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OMG so good. Made this with gluten free pasta and used 18% cream. Used a bit of corn starch to thicken the sauce since I got impatient. This is a keeper for a recipe.

Chris
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I made this with shrimp and it was delicious. I think I will add clams and mussels next time.

Tiffany
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Literally JUST made this for dinner and it was A-MAZ-ING!! I honestly didn’t expect it to be THAT good! So glad we gave it a chance, just added another regular entree to the house menu!!

Thanks for the recipe, keep up the good work!!!!

Chrissy
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What kind of white wine would work best?

Peaches
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This creamy garlic was delicious

Malcolm McQuattie
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MAGIC 👫

Vonn
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My mouth is watering reading this . Can’t wait to try it.

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