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Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon

Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon. Updated to add recipe video! 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. Those are slow cooked dishes that are 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.

Pile of peeled raw scallops isolated on white

Always use the freshest scallops when you can but thawed frozen scallops are often used around here as well.

Prepping the Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon. 

A great idea for this recipe is to prepare everything you need in advance. You can then spend as little as 15 minutes to get this delicious dish on the table.

Precook the bacon, chop the garlic and have a pot of salted water on the stove ready to boil for the pasta. Basically, do anything you can think of that can be done in advance.

Bacon slice being cooked in frying pan. Close up.

Crisp cooked bacon compliments the scallops beautifully

One great tip is to prep all the ingredients individually, place them in small dessert dishes or ramekins. 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.

Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon wide shot photo of a single serving on a grey patterned plate

Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon.

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. However, when time is of the essence, it’s even more important, especially when romance awaits.

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If you’re looking for more great ideas like this, check out this collection of 20 of Our Favourite Seafood Dinners. 
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Yield: 4 Servings

Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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.

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
  • 1½ 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.

Notes

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Amount Per Serving Calories 992Saturated Fat 27gCholesterol 175mgSodium 1019mgCarbohydrates 75gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 36g

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Julie

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Making this for Valentine’s Day. I need to treat myself. My guy is in Newfoundland. Hoping to move later this year when I’ve sold my house in Ontario.

Patty Blivess

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

I made this last night and it was so delicious. An absolute keeper recipe. I made some tweaks out of forgetfulness and what I had handy. I used crumbled pancetta and forgot the cream and Parmesan cheese. It was still so good but will hopefully remember next time. Also used bay scallops. No matter will make many more times again. Keep up supplying your fantastic recipes !

Patty

Monday 8th of February 2021

Making this tonight. Your recipes sound and look so delicious that I just ordered 3 of your cookbooks. Your family is lucky to have such a great chef in their home.

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Helen Price

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Love this recipe and have given it to a few of my friends. I would like to double the recipe, would you give me suggestions on the new measurements. Thanks and I really enjoy this site👍🏼.

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