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Friday, February 22, 2013

Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomato Sauce

Angel Hair Pasta with Scallops and Tomato Sauce

Scallops and Tomatoes with Angel Hair Pasta 
Servings: 4  • Size: about 1 1/4 cup • Old Pts: 7 pts • Weight Watchers Pts+: 9 pts
Calories: 345 • Fat: 5 g • Protein: 27 g • Carb: 43 g • Fiber: 6 g • Sugar: 2.5 g
Sodium: 318 mg (without salt)


  • 1 lb bay scallops, dried well
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 14 oz can diced petite tomatoes, drained
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 7 oz angel hair pasta (I used half whole wheat)*


Put a large pot of salted water to boil. 

Meanwhile, heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet on high heat. When hot, add 1 tsp of oil and the butter over medium-high heat until mixture starts to brown.

MAKE SURE THE PAN AND OIL MIXTURE IS VERY HOT - Transfer HALF of the scallops to the skillet and cook WITHOUT MOVING until seared: ABOUT 30 SECONDS. Gently flip and sear on other side for another 20 - 30 SECONDS. Remove from skillet and set aside; cook remaining scallops and repeat as the first batch; set aside with first batch.

Add the angel hair to the boiling salted water, cook according to package instructions for al dente.

Reduce the skillet to medium-high heat; add remaining teaspoon of oil. When hot add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, wine, salt and pepper and cook an additional 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of parsley, remove from heat. 

Drain any liquid that accumulates from the scallops, then add the scallops to the skillet and remove from the heat. 

Drain the pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Top with the scallops and sauce, more fresh parsley and serve with grated parmigiano if desired.

Makes about 5 cups.

Without the pasta, each serving would be 5 points plus.
*Use brown rice pasta or quinoa pasta for gluten free.