On the Burner: Scallop Pasta & Shrimp Salad

Thank you all so much for your sweet words on yesterday's bathroom vanity makeover post! I am still hoping that this week will be the big final reveal of the entire bathroom... I'll keep you posted! : )

Last weekend, I decided it was high time that I utilized the Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? book that the hubs got me for Christmas. So I pulled a recipe that looked amazing- Lobster and Shells (which you can actually find here). David was craving scallops, so I substituted those for the lobster and I think it worked out well. Here is my take on Ina's recipe!

Scallops & Shells

-salt and pepper
-olive oil
-1 lb. wheat pasta shells
-6 cups of corn
-3 to 4 sliced scallions
- 2 chopped yellow, red or orange bell peppers
- 2 pints sliced cherry tomatoes
-I threw in a few tomatillos because they were in our fridge
-2 lbs. of bay scallops
- 1 1/2 cups mayonaise
-1 cup sour cream
-1/2 cup of lemon juice
-fresh dill (to my chagrin, I left out b/c D hates dill!)
 *was using basil for another project, oops!


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt and some olive oil. 
2. Add the pasta and cook it for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente. Add the corn to the pasta and cook it for another 2 minutes, until the corn is tender. 
3. Drain the pasta and corn together in a colander and pour them into a large mixing bowl.

4. Add the scallions, diced pepper, tomatoes, and scallops, tossing gently to combine.
Allow to cool slightly.

 5. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, 4 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper until smooth. Pour over the pasta and mix well to bind the ingredients. Stir in the dill. 

6. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for up to 6 hours to allow the flavors to develop. Check the seasonings and serve chilled or at room temperature. 

Yes, it tasted as good as it looks!

I also added one more dish to the mix- I guess we are always were hungry that night! 
It's just a really basic shrimp salad that I kind of made up as I went.

Lemon Shrimp Salad


-1 lb. bay shrimp (deveined, no shells)
-one lemon
-olive oil
-salt and pepper
-basil leaves
-2 garden tomatoes


1. In a mixing bowl, zest about 3/4 of the lemon and then squeeze the remainder of the juice into the bowl. Add 3 tblsp. of olive oil and some salt and pepper.

2. Mix the shrimp with the lemon marinade so that it is completely coated.
3. Cook shrimp on the grill or saute in a pan, until pink throughout.
4. Toss the shrimp with arugala, tomatoes and basil leaves. 

I told you it was simple! But gooood. 

Add a bottle of white (plus one of my favorite dessert's- Cassie's strawberry cake) and we had the perfect little summer seafood meal. Have you cooked anything delish lately?


  1. Yum! I need to pull out my Ina books as well! Thanks for sharing, they sound delicious.

  2. You are making me in the mood to cook, I have been such a slacker lately!

  3. Oh man, those shells look way to delicious. Lunchtime, where are you?

  4. I'm not a shrimp eater, but these look tasty none the less! and strawberry cake is perfect with anything. As is strawberry ice cream apparently. :)

  5. I so wish that I could eat this right now! Looks delish. Love shrimp so much! Unfortunately I'm on a mushy food diet since getting my wisdom teeth out last week. It's no fun :(

  6. Ooo this looks so summery and refreshing! I LOVE shrimp...I'll have to try these soon!

  7. My mouth is watering. Ina is my hero all her dishes are always amaze balls. I have been wanting to make the lobster and shells dish for awhile now, like your twist on it!

  8. Yummo! I love some scallops too! I cooked up an orzo pasta salad last night with grilled chicken, easy, and tasty, my favorite for summer. Love your house and style Michelle!

  9. YUM! I really liked Ina's features in House Beautiful, so now maybe I'll have to pick up this book (or suggest as a gift some day).

  10. I have always been afraid to cook with shrimp but you have given me courage! This looks amazing!

  11. Those look great! I've never cooked scallops at home before, but they are my fave thing to order out!


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