Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Pasta stirred with brown butter and sprinkled with breadcrumbs is a comforting, homespun dish that can be made in minutes. Add scallops and you have a dish fit for company.
You can prepare this in the time it takes to boil pasta. Make it a vegetarian entree by substituting blanched vegetables such as asparagus or cauliflower for the scallops.
Some people have trouble telling when a fat sea scallop is done; quartering them makes the job easy.
16 ounces linguine (may use spaghetti, angel hair, fettuccine or other pasta of choice)
6 tablespoons butter
12 large sea scallops (about 1 pound), chopped into quarters
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup toasted breadcrumbs (preferably homemade), plus more for garnish
2/3 cup chopped parsley
Kosher or sea salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
Boil pasta in a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.
While pasta is boiling, melt butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the butter, stirring regularly, until the solids are just beginning to turn brown, about 3 minutes. In a bowl, spoon about 1 teaspoon butter over the breadcrumbs and toss to coat. Add the scallops to the skillet and cook until they are just cooked through, about 1 minute.
Remove from heat and stir in garlic and lemon juice. Pour the scallops and brown-butter sauce over the pasta. Add breadcrumbs and parsley, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Divide into four large serving bowls and garnish with breadcrumbs.
Per serving: 789 calories (25 percent from fat), 37 grams protein, 109 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 21 grams fat (11 grams saturated), 84 milligrams cholesterol, 635 milligrams sodium.