Easiest-Ever Carbonara with Scallops & Peas
We’ve elevated the classic carbonara with seared scallops for added protein. Use any type of spaghetti here, such as brown rice or even quinoa if you prefer.
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- 8 oz whole-grain spaghetti (TRY: Jovial 100% Organic Whole Wheat Einkorn Spaghetti)
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup whipping cream (35%)
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 leek, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise then thinly sliced
- ½ tsp sea salt, divided
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 12 large sea scallops (about 14 oz)
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, lightly beat eggs with a fork. Add cream and cheese and stir to combine.
3. In a large skillet on medium- high, heat one-half of oil. Add leeks and one-half of salt; cook, stirring frequently, until very soft, 10 to 12 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 1 minute. Transfer leek mixture to a plate and keep warm.
4. Sprinkle scallops with remaining one-half of salt and pepper. Return to stove on medium-high and heat remaining one-half of oil. Add scallops and cook, turning once, until browned, 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
5. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup pasta water, and return to pot. Toss leeks, peas and lemon zest with pasta. Slowly add cream mixture, tossing to combine. Add reserved water, 1 tbsp at a time, until sauce reaches desired consistency.
- Serving Size ¼ of recipe
- Calories 518
- Carbohydrate Content 49 g
- Cholesterol Content 159 mg
- Fat Content 22 g
- Fiber Content 6 g
- Protein Content 30 g
- Saturated Fat Content 10 g
- Sodium Content 655 mg
- Sugar Content 4 g
- Monounsaturated Fat Content 8 g
- Polyunsaturated Fat Content 2 g