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Creamy Scallop & Bacon Pasta

"I love to cook this dish for my family - especially when my daughter comes to town. It was always one of her favorite things to eat growing up." Joy Albano, Lawrenceville, Ga. 


1 pound angel hair or spaghetti pasta - cooked to a firm al dente

4 slices bacon

Salt & pepper

1 pound medium-sized scallops (drain liquid)

3 Tablespoons olive oil

4 (or more according to taste) cloves minced garlic

1 & 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 & 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock

1 cup white wine

2 large ripe tomatoes, diced small

1 cup Locatelli Romano grated cheese


Fry bacon in large cast iron skillet until crisp; cut into pieces and set aside.

Lightly season scallops with salt and pepper. Pan sear scallops in same pan with bacon grease, about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes per side, then set aside with bacon.

Drain fat from pan. Pour in olive oil & minced garlic. Sauté garlic about 1 minute until soft, but not burned.

Add chicken stock and white wine to pan. (Optional - add 1 cup thin fresh asparagus cut into 2-inch pieces) Cook until liquid reduces to almost half.

Add whipping cream and simmer 2 minutes.

Add scallops, tomatoes, bacon to pan and simmer long enough to arm the scallops, 1 or 2 minutes.

Toss Romano cheese and pasta thoroughly with sauce and serve immediately.

Serves 4

Note: if using cooking wine, which is usually salty, go easy with added salt.