Scallops Mascarpone


A light seafood dish that pleases the taste buds and the eyes!

Scallops, asparagus, and cavatappi pasta in a cheesy Mascarpone sauce on a green plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package medium seashell pasta

  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • 1 (10 ounce) package sliced fresh button mushrooms

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 pound scallops, rinsed and patted dry

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 (8 ounce) container mascarpone cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until tender yet firm to the bite, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain and keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, melt 6 tablespoons of butter with the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Mix in parsley and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and asparagus and season with salt, pepper, and onion powder; cook, stirring occasionally until asparagus is tender, about 5 minutes depending on the thickness.

  3. Place scallops in the pan, and cook briefly on each side until lightly browned and the center is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from the heat when scallops are just finished.

  4. While the scallops are cooking, combine milk, mascarpone cheese, and remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until sauce is warm and butter is completely melted and blended in.

  5. Stir sauce into the scallop and vegetable mixture along with the drained pasta. Mix to combine and serve immediately.

Editor's Note:

Please note the differences in ingredient amounts and yield, as well as the use of cavatappi instead of shell pasta when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

714 Calories
38g Fat
63g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 714
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 360mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 770mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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