40 mins
30 mins
Serves 2

Honey-Glazed Scallop Gemelli with Lemon Cream Sauce (Dairy Free!)

Light the candles, open a bottle of wine, and embrace the romance with this elegant yet approachable Valentine’s Day–inspired dinner. With seared sea scallops, freshly cooked Artisan Gemelli, and a creamy leek and almond milk sauce, this recipe is a perfect splurge for a special date-night dinner at home.
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  • 12 oz Italpasta Artisan Gemelli
  • 6 large scallops, patted dry
  • salt, divided
  • pepper, divided
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 small leek, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 2 tbsp grated dairy-free cheese
  • lemon wedges, for serving


  • In large pot of boiling, salted water set over medium-high heat, cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, season scallops with ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt, ¼ tsp (1 mL) pepper, and paprika. Heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil in large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat; cook scallops, flat side down, for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden and crisp. Transfer to plate. Drizzle with honey; set aside.
  • Heat remaining oil in skillet set over medium heat; cook leek, shallots and garlic for about 3 minutes or until slightly softened.
  • Add almond milk, tomatoes, lemon juice, lemon zest and remaining salt and pepper; cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) parsley. Toss with pasta.
  • Transfer pasta to plates; top with seared scallops. Sprinkle with non-dairy cheese and remaining parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.
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  • Use fresh or frozen scallops, or substitute frozen shrimp.
  • Use leftover herbs and lemon peel as a cocktail garnish.
  • Substitute coconut milk for almond milk if desired.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 950kcalCarbohydrates: 160gProtein: 39gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 3.5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 1760mgFiber: 9gSugar: 18g