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seafood pasta in lemon butter sauce

(6 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Sara A
Pasadena, CA

This is one of my favorite dishes that my husband and I make together for date night. I always go back for seconds!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

The lemon butter sauce in this seafood pasta is so good. It's a light sauce with a delicious lemony flavor. We love the blend of shrimp and scallops in this dish. They enhance the flavor of the sauce. Easy to prepare, save this for a special occasion (like Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve) or make this when you're craving shrimp and scallops. Serve this seafood pasta with a crispy salad, some warm bread, and prepare to smile.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(6 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For seafood pasta in lemon butter sauce

  • 1 lb
    pasta of choice
  • 1 md
    onion, chopped
  • 4 oz
  • 1/3 c
    olive oil
  • 1 lb
    raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 lb
    small raw scallops (or large cut in half)
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced lemon zest
  • 1/4 c
    lemon juice
  • 1/4 c
    white wine
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 c
    toasted pine nuts (or pinole nuts)
  • grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, to taste

How To Make seafood pasta in lemon butter sauce

  • Half a cup of white wine in a glass.
    Pour a glass of wine for the cook, saving 1/4 cup for the recipe. ;-)
  • Draining al dente pasta.
    Cook pasta in salted water till it's al dente. I make the lemon butter sauce while the water is coming to a boil because the sauce is very quick.
  • Onions, shrimp, and scallops sauteeing in butter.
    Saute onions in butter and olive oil on medium-high heat until tender. Add shrimp and scallops and saute until shrimp just starts to turn pink and is almost done, but not quite. Overcooking the shrimp and scallops makes them very tough. Also, the giant scallops take a long time to cook so I cut them in half to match the cooking time of the shrimp if I can't find smaller ones.
  • Lemon zest, lemon juice, and white wine added to the skillet.
    Add lemon zest, lemon juice, white wine, salt, and pepper. c=Cook for a few more minutes till bubbly and seafood is done.
  • Sauce and pasta tossed together.
    Pour lemon butter sauce over drained (NOT RINSED) pasta and toss with grated cheese and pine nuts. \Serve and enjoy an amazing seafood pasta.
  • 6
    Trader Joe's market has its frozen seafood blend of peeled raw shrimp, scallops, and calamari that I normally use. If you can find a combo bag of shellfish like this at your local market it is both super delicious and easy, just defrost and pour in.