Before I launch into another delicious recipe to round out the week, I wanted to talk about Valentine’s Day. I am not a huge Valentine’s Day person. What I mean is, I dont ask Raymond for roses, cards, presents, or an expensive dinner out. I am not a big present person for one, but I dont like the hoopla around the day. It does kinda feel like a Hallmark holiday — okay okay ladies — feel free to let me have it. 🙂
Now with that said — we were watching the Carolina game the other night and Raymond declared to the television “Why does the guy have to do everything?”. Now I have no idea what prompted the statement as I was nose deep in the website and Money Saving Mom article debut. My guess is a commercial about buying jewelry or taking your lady out to dinner ran across the screen. Well it got me thinking — Raymond is right (as he usually is)! Why it is that the men have to surprise and woo the lady — why cant the lady also surprise the man! (Im expecting comments galore on this) 🙂
So…if you want to cook a special dinner for your special fella next week or this weekend then I highly recommend this recipe! Its SO super easy!
*Sea scallops are worth the splurge here. Bay scallops shrink when cooked & become rubbery
*I dont add the toasted walnuts.
- 1 lb sea scallops
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil (I use canola oil)
- 1/2 lb pasta (any shape and kind will do – I use egg noodles)
- 1/4 cup jarred basil pesto
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta following package instructions (about 10 minutes).
- Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
- While pasta is cooking, pat scallops dry and season with salt & pepper.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Saute 4 minutes per side, until cooked through and no longer translucent.
- Add the pesto to drained pasta. Stir in some of the reserved cooking liquid until pasta is evenly coated with pesto. *I eyeball the amount of pesto — my philosophy is the more the merrier*
- Stir in cheese. Top with scallops.
I served this with a side of pesto breadsticks. It was delicious!
- 1 tube of refrigerated ready-to-bake breadsticks
- Salt & Pepper
- Roll out the tub of breadsticks.
- Sprinkle each breadstick with salt & pepper.
- *I added a little garlic powder as well*
- Spread about a 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of pesto on each breadstick
- Twist the breadsticks and place on greased cooking sheet
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Until next time…