Basil pesto adds zip to this pasta main-dish recipe topped with scallops. It takes just over 30 minutes to prepare.




  • Cook pasta following package directions, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

  • While pasta is cooking, season scallops with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté 3 to 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.

  • Stir in the cheese and the toasted walnuts. Serve with the scallops, and garnish with fresh basil, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

487 calories; 19 g total fat; 47 mg cholesterol; 48 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein;