Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo Recipe

Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo Recipe

Servings: 4 (serving size: 4 1/2 ounces scallops and about 3/4 cup pasta mixture)

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup prechopped onion
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Procedure:

  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in pasta, broth, wine, and thyme; bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and pasta is al dente.
  5. Stir in chopped chives and lemon juice. Keep warm.
  6. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Sprinkle scallops evenly with salt and pepper.
  8. Add scallops to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with pasta mixture.
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