Aug 1, 2013

Grilled Scallops with Pea Pesto over Angel Hair Pasta Recipe by Jamie Purviance

Rating: 5 stars

4 Reviews

Serves: 4 // Prep time: 20 minutes | Grilling time: 4 to 6 minutes

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • .25 oz fresh chives
  • 1 lemons

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 12 sea scallops, each about 2 oz

Oil and Spices

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • .5 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.25 tsp kosher salt


  • 8 oz dried angel hair pasta
  • 8 oz frozen peas


  • 8 ounces dried angel hair pasta
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces frozen peas
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 sea scallops, each about 2 ounces
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil for the pasta. Bring a small saucepan of salted water to a boil for the peas. Cook the peas until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain the peas, reserving ¼ cup of the cooking water. Transfer the peas and the reserved cooking water to a food processor along with the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of the oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Process until thoroughly blended. Return the pea pesto to the small saucepan and keep warm.

  2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F).

  3. Blot the scallops dry, and remove and discard the tough side muscle that might be left on each one. Brush the scallops on both sides with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

  4. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to package directions.

  5. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the scallops over direct high heat, with the lid closed, until they are cooked through and just opaque in the center, 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. Remove from the grill. Drain the pasta, reserving ¼ cup of the cooking water. Toss the pasta, the reserved cooking water, and the pea pesto together. Top the pasta with the scallops, and garnish with the chives and bacon.

4 Reviews

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Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Aug 3, 2013

Elizabeth d

Heavenly Angel Hair Pasta!

Nice simple quick recipe for a summer evening. I must admit that I couldn't resist adding a crushed garlic clove in the pesto, being afraid that flavor would be too mild. The pea pesto was a lovely complement to both the scallops and the delicate pasta. Everyone loved this dish and I will certainly make it for company.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Aug 16, 2013

Paul H

damn good scallops

A fantastic dish, although I deviated just a bit. The pea pesto is good as it is, but I needed it to have just a little more zip so I added about a third of a cup of regular pesto and was really pleased with the results. My scallops grilled to perfection and were tender and delicious--that part of the recipe I followed very carefully. The only change I will make when I next prepare this recipe is that I will allow a little extra time and make my own pasta--there's nothing like homemade pasta--but time constraints prevented me from doing so this time round. Thanks Weber for a great recipe--definitely a keeper.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

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