Take-out Tuesday, Scallops with Creamy Bacon Pasta

This recipe is grand enough for a special dinner

yet easy enough to make any night!

The bacon cream is a simple sauce and the

scallops are seared in a skillet on the stove

HHjr was cooking up a storm last week while we were at the beach,

so I just followed him around with my camera 📸


He got the pasta going while he made the sauce

{You want to have the sauce and pasta ready

so you can top it with the scallops

as soon as they’re cooked}

Cook the bacon and then saute the onion

in the bacon drippings

When the onion is cooked,

stir in garlic and deglaze the pan with white wine

Add bacon pieces and cream

and let the sauce simmer gently

Pat the scallops dry with paper towels and season

The scallops need to be very dry

so they will sear and not steam

Heat olive oil in a heavy duty skillet over medium high heat

until it is almost smoking hot

Lay the scallops into the pan and do not disturb for 2 minutes

Add butter to pan as scallops are cooking

Cook for another 2 minutes until scallops are golden on the other side

Combine the drained pasta with sauce and place scallops on top

Garnish with bacon and Parmesan cheese


It is very important to source your scallops and shrimp, buy seafood from a reliable source and ask about where it came from. My friend Dorothy from The New Vintage Kitchen shares excellent tips on scallops here

Will Cook for Smiles also has some helpful tips on buying and searing scallops

This recipe is adapted from Sprinkles and Sprouts

Scallops with Creamy Bacon Pasta

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3


  • 12 fresh scallops, preferably New England Bay scallops
  • 8 oz linguini or spaghetti
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/2 large sweet onion
  • 1/3 cup chardonnay
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • finely grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and keep warm
  • While pasta is cooking, fry bacon until crisp. Drain and tear into small pieces
  • Chop onion and add it to the rendered bacon fat in skillet and cook over medium heat until softened. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Deglaze the pan with chardonnay and cook until the liquid has reduced by half
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in cream. Add half of the bacon pieces, reserving the rest for garnishing, and let the sauce gently simmer while you sear the scallops
  • Pat scallops dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper
  • Heat olive oil in a heavy duty skillet on medium high heat until very hot. Lay scallops in skillet and let cook undisturbed for 2 minutes. Add butter to skillet as scallops are cooking. Turn scallops over and cook for 2 minutes on the other side. Both sides should be golden.
  • Toss pasta with sauce, top with scallops and garnish with reserved bacon and Parmesan cheese
Keyword creamy bacon pasta sauce, elegant dinner, scallops, seafood pasta


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27 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Scallops with Creamy Bacon Pasta”
  1. Mary says:

    Yum Jenna, I’m drooling! Aren’t you lucky to have a son who loves to cook?!! Happy Tuesday! ♥

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    Simply delicious.

  3. Nancy says:

    Mmmm! Mmmm!
    I am so happy to see your son there cooking up a storm.
    Both of my boys love, love, love to cook!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Enjoy the rest of your week my friend!

    • I am so lucky, he does love to cook and loves to make up recipes and experiment. He is teaching my son in law some of his grilling tips too. I’m so glad your sons love to cook too, so nice for their families!

  4. Kitty says:

    This sounds fabulous! Your son is a wonderful cook!

  5. Those scallops are just beyond delicious!

  6. thefrenchhutch says:

    Your are a lucky girl Jenna, HHjr loves to cook! This looks awesome. He is a fabulous cook…..

  7. What fun having your son in the kitchen. This looks like a marvelous dish, perfectly cooked and full of flavor.
    Thanks for the link to my site! I appreciate it greatly!

  8. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Oh my GOODNESS, Jenna, you had me at scallops AND creamy bacon! 😀 I pinned it to my What to Have for Dinner board.

  9. lghiggins says:

    Those scallops look fantastic!!!

  10. rawsonjl says:

    That looks amazing!! I cooked scallops for the first time this year and really enjoyed making them. I had heard that they could be hard to cook and get them just right but I thought they were pretty easy to make. Pinned.

  11. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I love scallops! This looks most delicious! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  12. Miz Helen says:

    Jenna, your scallops look delicious, which I had them right now. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, 565.Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Jenna, it all looks so delicious. Paul loves scallops. Thanks for sharing I am happy to feature your tasty scallops at Love Your Creativity. Happy Birthday Jenna.

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