This rich pasta dish is full of sweet seared scallops and plump peas. Low-fat milk and flour thicken the sauce, giving it creamy texture without the extra calories and fat found in traditional cream sauces. Serve with a small Caesar salad on the side.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007


Recipe Summary

40 mins


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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook fettuccine until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain.

  • Meanwhile, pat scallops dry and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallops and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

  • Add clam juice to the pan. Whisk milk, flour, white pepper and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk the milk mixture into the clam juice. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Return the scallops and any accumulated juices to the pan along with peas and return to a simmer. Stir in the fettuccine, 1/2 cup Romano cheese, chives, lemon zest and juice until combined. Serve with the remaining cheese sprinkled on top.


Note: Be sure to buy “dry” sea scallops (scallops that have not been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate, or STP). Scallops that have been treated with STP (“wet” scallops) have been subjected to a chemical bath and are not only mushy and less flavorful, but will not brown properly.

Tip: Some bottled clam juices are very high in sodium, so salt the recipe accordingly. We like the Bar Harbor brand (120 mg sodium per 2-ounce serving). Look for it in the canned-fish section or the seafood department of your supermarket.

Nutrition Facts

413 calories; protein 29.5g; carbohydrates 55.2g; dietary fiber 9.6g; sugars 8.6g; fat 9.4g; saturated fat 3.9g; cholesterol 38.6mg; vitamin a iu 2036.3IU; vitamin c 17.5mg; folate 89.9mcg; calcium 274.7mg; iron 3.6mg; magnesium 117.6mg; potassium 563.5mg; sodium 938mg; thiamin 0.5mg.

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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious with a few minor changes: regular fettucine instead of whole-wheat chicken broth instead of clam juice (I'm allergic) EVAPORATED skim milk instead of regular low-fat milk and 1 cup of peas instead of 3. Perfect! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Creamy scallops & pea fettuccine. The scallops were tasty. However the rest turned out to be a waste of food. The family said if I cook anything like that again they will take over the cooking. It was really heavy and bland with a lack of spice. Sorry but we all think it is not worth trying. Pros: Nothing Cons: Was a heavy mushy bland pile of peas and fettuccine smothering the scallops Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Omit the clam juice and you'll be okay. I made it with 1/2 lb small bay scallops and did not use the clam juice. I really didn't want it to taste fishy. The natural juices from the scallops were enough for flavor. Saute the scallops with garlic and earth balance and salt and pepper added the peas(only used 1 cup of frozen peas and that was enough) then made the sauce with the extra ingredients in the pan with the scallops. We served with crushed red pepper for the adults and sans hot pepper for the kid. Was a real hit. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
He liked it. I hated it. I think the clam juice really turned me off. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Too bland for my taste. It had almost no flavor at all. The peas helped but couldn't save it. So sad since the scallops smelled so good when they went into the pan! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I used the recipe as a shell..changed a lot! Used GF fettuccine and flour subbed spinach for peas used parmasan cheese and did not use clam juice. I thought about adding more seasoning after reading reviews but decided that I didn t want to override the delicate flavor of the scallops. Filling but yummy! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
waste of ingredients Followed all the steps but this recipe is not worth it. Recipe suggests too many peas and the end result lacks flavor. Waste of expensive Parmesan reggiano and scallops. Indigestion is imminent. Pros: none Cons: heavy bland Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Hated it! I didn't like this AT ALL. It was way too bland and didn't even look appetizing. Definitely a waste of food. I tried to save the scallops by putting them back in the skillet and adding butter parsley and garlic salt (similar to scampi)... They were at least edible now but the clam juice was still very present. And of course they were now over-cooked. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My husband and I both loved this! I'm not a fan of chives so I omitted those. I also used a whole wheat pasta to add a little more fiber. This is one I'll make again! Read More