Fettuccine with Seared Scallops and Prosciutto

Nothing beats a good seafood pasta, and this scallop dish can hold its own when it comes to the top of the Italian menu. Here’s our favourite recipe which you should try at home.



  • 6 scallops with corals
  • 6 slices prosciutto, halved lengthways
  • 175g fettuccine
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling (optional)
  • 4 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp thyme leaf
  • Zest of 1 lemon and juice ½
  • 4 tbsp dry white vermouth
  • Good handful chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Cut the orange corals from the scallops and finely chop them. Halve the white scallops to make two fat pieces and roll them up in the strips of prosciutto.
  2. Cook the pasta in salted water following pack instructions – it should only take about four minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, deep sauté pan and sear the scallops for one to two minutes, to brown the prosciutto and lightly cook the scallop inside. Lift from the pan onto a warm plate and leave to rest.
  3. Add the garlic to the pan juices and fry, stirring, until golden. Tip in the chopped corals and thyme, and stir-fry for a few minutes more.
  4. Add the lemon zest, juice and vermouth, let it bubble down to at least half, then toss in the parsley. Drain the pasta and add to the pan with salt and plenty of black pepper, then toss to make sure the strands are well coated. Add the prosciutto-wrapped scallops and serve drizzled with a little extra olive oil, if you like.

Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food.


By Shawn Greyling

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