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creamy bacon pasta with coffee spice rubbed scallops

★★★★★ 19
a recipe by
cindy sandberg
carlisle, IN

This is another "Mystery ingredient" challenge entry. I had a lot of fun brainstorming ideas for this one.

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I cannot wait to make this one again for all my seafood loving friends! The coffee really adds a wonderful (and surprising!) flavor to this stand-out dish.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 19
serves 4-6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For creamy bacon pasta with coffee spice rubbed scallops

  • 16 oz
    spaghetti or angel hair pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 lb
    bacon or pancetta, diced
  • 1 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 c
    parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 c
    parsley or basil, chiffonade
  • 2 lb
    medium sized scallops
  • 1 tsp
    ground coffee
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp
    coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch

How To Make creamy bacon pasta with coffee spice rubbed scallops

  • 1
    Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with coffee/spice mix and gently rub/pat onto scallops. Set aside.
  • 2
    Cook bacon til crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain and remove all but 1/4c fat from pan. When bacon grease is hot again, add scallops and cook until just opaque, about 2 min. per side. Remove from pan. Wipe any remaining grease from pan.
  • 3
    Pour cream into pan and heat to just below a simmer. Stir in salt and pepper and grated cheese. Place cooked pasta in cream sauce and toss to coat. Toss in bacon and sprinkle with parsley or basil. Plate pasta and top with scallops.