Scallop Pasta with Garlic White Wine Sauce

I think you guys know I like pizza.  A lot.  When I was foraging through my fridge to come up with breakfast yesterday morning, I realized I still had some artisan bread leftover from my rosemary bread I made over the weekend.

Don’t really need to twist my arm too much to fix pizza – and there is really nothing “breakfasty” about this – not even an egg on top – it’s 3 ounces of dough, 1.5 ounce pesto chicken meatball, 1 ounce of cheddar cheese and a cup of baby spinach (that REALLY wilted down).  I baked this for 12 minutes and ate it on my way to work – yum!  It comes in at 11 points.

So in my quest to do 125 miles in September, I decided to ride my bike again at lunch.  It was gorgeous, 71 degrees, but holy shizz it was windy!  There were a couple hills where I just stopped pedaling and the wind kept pushing me back.  So while it was a struggle at times, and I contemplated turning around, I quickly refocused.  Cause let’s face it, life is hard sometimes – ups and downs – and I knew if I gave up, it would be easy to give up when the next task is hard.

And guess what?  The day before I rode 9.97 miles in 51:02.  But yesterday I rode 10.13 miles in 50:49 – so I went a bit farther and faster!  Woot!

I am still eating Chicken Brunswick Stew, I was working on a project so no picture – so its a double take from the day before – I even heated it up in the same bowl. 😀

I had a roll on the side, so lunch came in at 9 points.

It’s rare that Tony and I have a meatless meal, but this one is a keeper.  Beware though – start out light on the lemon juice – I put too much in and had to add some Parm cheese to offset the tang.

Scallop Pasta with Garlic White Wine Sauce

  • serves 2 – 11 WW Points each


  • 2 cups cooked pasta (which I think is 4 ounces dry)
  • 8 ounces raw scallops
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1 sprig of parsley, chopped fine
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions.  Make sure your scallops are really dry – use a paper towel.  Heat a non-stick pan to really high heat.  When hot, swirl in the olive oil and add the scallops, careful not to crowd and let them sit for 2 minutes – don’t move them around, you want to get a nice sear.  Flip and cook for 2 more minutes – set aside.

Turn the heat to low.  Add the butter and garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.  Turn the heat back up and add the wine, let it bubble and then scrape any bits in the pan.  Season with salt and pepper.  Throw in the parsley, cookd pasta and scallops and toss to coat.

This was so good – don’t get me wrong, I loves me a medium rare steak, but it’s nice to have seafood once in a while – and for the record, I am the only one standing in the way of seafood – Tony loves it but it’s growing on me – I can do shrimp, scallops, crab, lobster – not a huge fish fan.  I joke with Tony that I think I’d like mussels – I see this spicy soup and I think it would be good – Tony thinks I am nuts.  (thanks google images!)

Do you like mussels?

Stats for Thursday:

  • 31 points
  • 10.13 mile bike ride in 50:49
  • 31.6 miles of 125 miles in September goal
  • average blood sugar 133

And last but not least . . . the winner of my Three Year Blogaversary is. . .

Min: 1 Max: 100 Result: 58

Congrats to blog reader Judi!

Judi said:

September 5, 2011 at 3:27 am

Happy anniversary! I’m in Oklahoma (Go Sooners!!)

Send me an email at with your address. 😀

Weigh in is tomorrow – come back tomorrow to see how I did. 😀


28 thoughts on “Scallop Pasta with Garlic White Wine Sauce

  1. That sauce for the pizza sounds good, I’m not a seafood eater though. Except for shrimp. But I think it’s the breading and the tarter sauce I like best. 🙂 I’ve never tried mussels.

  2. We get mussels here so cheap. A big bag for 6 dollars and I do them in white wine. Squirrel and Daddy try to outdo eachother on who will eat more. Wallene and I just back up and pray no one gets hurt.

    Pooldad loves scallops. I may have to try that recipe. It looks good. Nice job on the bike ride. You sure did GO girl! WOOT!

    [And you KNOW we eat pizza for breakfast here. Yessireebob.]

  3. I love seafood, but I’ve been eating it my whole life. I am up in the air on fish – I LOVE some (salmon, swordfish, tuna, mahi mahi) but I’m not into a lot of others.

  4. That pizza!! The way to start a day righhht!!! Great job on afabulous ride. Hope tomorrow goes well!!

  5. Pizza for breakfast makes me think of when I was in high school and worked at a pizza joint. I brought home pizza every time I worked and often ate it for breakkie!

    I never have good luck cooking scallops-I think I over cook them and they become tough. Your recipe looks delicious! Have you tried Tilapia? It’s a very mild white fish that doesn’t have a “fishy” taste. One of my favorite recipes is Baked Southwestern Tilapia it has some heat to it that I think you would like!

    • I have tried tilapia, but it is still kinda fishy for me. I did find out I liked Chilean Sea Bass – too bad my store sells it for $20 a pound! 😦

  6. Do you cook with white wine or do you substitute? I never end up drinking the rest of the wine when I open the bottle so I cook with extra dry vermouth…it’s a fantastic substitute! And it keeps in the fridge a long long time!

    Hooray for your bike ride! You really are kicking ass and taking names!

    • I use the real deal – and, um, I have no problem drinking the rest of the wine. 😀 But I typically have boxed wine so it stays fresh. I am classy like that. 😀

  7. I had to laugh at the thought of you eating pizza on your way to work! Not sure why but that tickled my funny bone!
    And that scalloped recipe looks to die for! Pretty sure I could make that and eat the. whole. thing.

  8. I enjoy mussels, but I’ve never made them myself. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  9. I love love love mussels, that picture of them looks delicious.

  10. Yum, that pasta looks good! I love mussels, but my husband is very allergic so I just don’t buy them. We are on Guemes Island now crabbing; hopefully we will be having Dungeness crab tonight! 🙂

  11. I love all seafood! (With sea scallops being very high up there!) We love mussels stir-fried with scallions and black bean sauce. Yum!!!!!

    Happy Friday!!!!

  12. Not a fan of mussels or scallops. I just can’t get past the texture!! I’m a weirdo, I know. 🙂
    Good luck at your weigh in tomorrow!

  13. That pasta sounds great…reminds me that I want to make scallops soon! 🙂

  14. I love mussels! So good. I think they are one of my favourite shellfish.

  15. I love seafood, but I hate mussles and salmon. Too strong for me. Makes sense because I dont like kalmata olives and blue cheese either.

  16. I love scallops! They are so tender and lovely. I don’t really like mussels as usually they’re tough & rubbery, but I recently had some that weren’t overcooked and I kind of enjoyed them. So maybe I’m turning around.

  17. You are rockin’ the riding and running, Biz! You go!!!

    And “non-breakfasty” pizza sounds right up my alley 🙂

  18. Mussles look scary to me. But, I do love muscles 😉

  19. Roz@weightingfor50

    HI Vat, I LOVE mussels. With some good garlicky wine-y broth around them, and a fresh baguette for dipping, I’m a happy camper! Have a great day, good luck at weigh in!!!

  20. Have you ever posted your pizza dough recipe (if homemade?)? Would love to have it!

  21. There isn’t anything wrong with having a delicious pizza like that for breakfast! That looks amazing!!
    You know I have to admit..I’ve never had mussels before. I will have to give them a try though.

  22. I’ve never had scallops, nor mussels….I know, I’m just recking that I’m from the Midwest. Landlocked! But this pasta does look good!

  23. I’m a huge seafood lover!.. just made a shrimp jambalaya last night and had scallops tonight! I’m glad to hear it’s growing on you 😉
    Pizza anytime of the day is perfectly acceptable. It’s a balanced healthy meal if you make it yourself with quality ingredients! I like how you think 😀

  24. These dishes looks awesome since it is made in white wine and may helpful in various types of of other dishes .It gives a beautiful color to all the dishes but it has no health benefits as in red wine

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