Spaghetti with broccoli, scallops and chili peppers

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10 min


4 to 6 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 10 minutes


  • 2 bunches broccoli
  • 450-g box spaghetti pasta
  • 500 g small sea scallops
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 1 cup dry white wine , such as Chardonnay or Graves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp hot-red-chili-flakes
  • sprinkling parmesan , or romano cheese
  • fresh-ground black pepper , to taste


  • Fill a large saucepan two-thirds full of water. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat. Meanwhile, cut stalks from broccoli. Then, peel and slice into 1/2-inch- (1-cm-) thick pieces. Break broccoli head into bite-size florets. Stir broccoli into boiling water and cook, uncovered, until it is barely tender to the touch and has just turned bright green, about 3 minutes. Drain immediately and set aside.
  • Refill saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add spaghetti to rapidly boiling water and boil for minimum amount of time suggested on package, about 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut scallops in half, horizontally, keeping their round shape.
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add scallops and stir-fry until lightly golden on all sides, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic, stirring quickly until it is golden, about 30 to 60 seconds. Add wine and allow sauce to bubble until it is reduced by half, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in broccoli and seasonings, leaving pan on burner and turning off heat.
  • Drain hot pasta. Stir into sauce in frying pan or toss together until well mixed in a large, warm pasta bowl. Serve right away topped with grated Parmesan or Romano cheese and a generous grinding of black pepper. Enjoy the rest of the bottle of wine with this pasta and add a mixed green salad on the side.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 489,
  • Protein
  • 26.7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 66 g,
  • Fat
  • 11.4 g,

Biba from Biba’s Italian Kitchen combines the best that land and sea have to offer in this fast pasta recipe. A hearty spaghetti gets a healthy twist from broccoli and low-fat, high-protein sea scallops that add a wonderful sweet and mild flavor.