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Shrimp and Scallop Pasta

This Shrimp and Scallop Pasta has pan seared scallops and shrimp in a light and creamy Parmesan cheese sauce filled with garlic, roasted red peppers, onion and fresh spinach leaves. Ready in just 25 minutes!

This seafood pasta has really great flavor and the majority of it, other than cooking the pasta, is done in one pan.

This shrimp and scallop pasta recipe makes a great lunch, dinner, or impressive date night meal for two.

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Shrimp and Scallop Pasta Recipe

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How to make Shrimp Scallop Pasta

Dice the onion.

diced onions on a cutting board.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta per package instructions, for about 8 or 9 minutes. Drain the pasta and set aside.

Pat dry the scallops and shrimp with a paper towel. I buy shrimp that is packaged and is already peeled, deveined, and has tails removed. If you have to do these things yourself the prep time will take longer than the time listed.

raw scallops and shrimp on paper towel.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

Sear scallops on each side for approximately 2-1/2 minutes, or until browned.  Transfer to a plate.

sea scallops cooking in oil.

Add more olive oil to the skillet if necessary and cook shrimp for about 1-1/2 minutes on each side or until shrimp have just turned pink on both sides.  Transfer to the plate with the cooked scallops and set aside.

shrimp cooking in oil.

Add the minced garlic, onions, and red peppers to the oil remaining in the skillet and fry for 1 – 2 minutes.

onions, red peppers and garlic cooking in a pan.

Reduce heat to medium-low heat and add the heavy cream bringing it to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.

creamy garlic sauce with onions and red peppers in a pan.

Stir in the spinach leaves and shredded Parmesan cheese. Allow the sauce to simmer for about a minute until the cheese melts.

creamy garlic sauce with spinach, onions and red peppers in a pan.

Sprinkle the herbs and parsley over the mix and stir to combine.

creamy garlic sauce with spinach, seasonings, onions and red peppers in a pan.

Stir the shrimp, scallops, and cooked pasta into the mixture.

shrimp and scallop pasta cooking in a pan.

Serve and enjoy.

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Shrimp and Scallop Pasta

This Shrimp and Scallop Pasta has pan seared scallops and shrimp in a light and creamy Parmesan cheese sauce filled with garlic, roasted red peppers, onion and fresh spinach leaves. Ready in 25 minutes!
4.55 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Seafood
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 552 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup uncooked pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
  • 8 large shrimp (I buy peeled, deveined, tails off)
  • 6 sea scallops
  • ½ small yellow onion
  • ¼ cup jarred roasted red peppers – drained (or sun-dried tomatoes, or halved grape tomatoes)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 ½ cups baby spinach leaves
  • cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

Instructions
 

  • Dice the onion.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta per package instructions, about 8 or 9 minutes. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  • Pat dry the scallops and shrimp with paper towel.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 
  • Sear scallops on each side for approximately 2-1/2 minutes, or until browned.  Transfer to a plate.
  • Add more olive oil to the skillet if necessary and cook shrimp for about 1-1/2 minutes on each side or until shrimp have just turned pink on both sides.  Transfer to the plate with the cooked scallops and set aside.
  • Add the minced garlic, onions, and red peppers to the oil remaining in the skillet and fry for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium low heat and add the heavy cream bringing it to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir in the spinach leaves and shredded Parmesan cheese. Allow the sauce to simmer for about a minute until cheese melts.
  • Sprinkle the herbs and parsley over the mix and stir to combine.
  • Stir the shrimp, scallops, and cooked pasta into the mixture. Serve and enjoy.

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Notes

  • I buy shrimp that is packaged and is already peeled, deveined, and has tails removed. If you have to do these things yourself the prep time will take longer than the time listed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 552kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 25gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 949mgPotassium: 527mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3381IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 335mgIron: 2mg
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RFN

Friday 15th of April 2022

Great recipe, but I used smaller scallops (much cheaper) and I don't think it was any less delicious. Will make again!