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Shrimp Scallop Pasta with Crispy Pancetta

Date night dinner, shrimp and scallop pasta is taken to the next level with crispy pancetta.
4.87 from 23 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute dinner, date night, scallops, shrimp curry
Prep Time: 10 mins
15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 2 people
Author: Sara Ayesh


  • 2 cups raw shrimp, tail on is fine! just remove before eating.
  • ½ lb diver scallops Or 4-6 large sea scallops
  • ½ cup pancetta Substitute thick-cut bacon if you need to
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 oz angel hair pasta Substitute in any pasta you may have on hand.
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese


  • Prepare the pasta according to the box directions.
  • In a large cast iron skillet over high heat, begin to render the pancetta or bacon.
  • Once added to the pan, let it sit for about 45 seconds before stirring around.
  • Continue cooking 5-7 more minutes until crispy and golden brown.
  • Remove the pancetta and set aside on a plate, leaving behind the rendered fat. Turn the heat down to medium high.
  • On a paper towel, prepare the scallops by sprinkling them with salt. Let it sit for about 1 minute until you notice water start to bead up on the scallops.
  • Pat them dry and begin searing them on the cast iron pan.
  • Cook for 45 seconds on the first side then flip them over. At this point add the garlic and the shrimp.
  • Cook until the internal temperature of the scallops are 145.
  • Add the pasta to the pan and toss to coat in the "sauce" that is left in the bottom of the pan. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve with crusty bread.