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Asian Pesto With Orecchiette Pasta And Scallops

This is Asian Pesto With Orecchiette Pasta and Scallops. You might want to know that there is no cheese and pine nuts in the pesto. Besides using the pesto with pasta, you can also serve it as a dip with chips or with grilled chicken, which incidentally is another of my favorites. Just lightly season the chicken with pesto before grilling and serve it with salad or as a sandwich.

Asian Pesto With Orecchiette Pasta And Scallops
(Printable Recipe)


1 Dozen Sea Scallops
400g Orecchiette Pasta
1 Cup Grape Tomatoes, halved
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Juice of 1 Lemon or to taste

Asian Pesto
6 Cloves Garlic, peeled
3 Jalapeno Peppers, seeded
5 Thai Bird’s Eye Chilies, chopped (optional)
¾ Cup Packed Basil Leaves
¾ Cup Packed Fresh Cilantro
½ Cup Packed Fresh Mint Leaves
1 Cup Toasted Walnuts
Zest of 2 Lemons
Sea Salt to taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ Cup Hazelnut Oil


Make the pesto. Combine the garlic, peppers, chilies, basil, cilantro, mint leaves, walnuts, and lemon zest in a food processor or a blender. Process all the ingredients with the oils and season with sea salt and pepper.

Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.

Sear the scallops in a cast-iron pan that has been heating over a high heat with 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil. Turn scallops once, and remove from heat when scallops are just cooked, about 1 minute per side.

Toss the pasta with ½ of the pesto recipe, tomatoes and lemon juice. Then top with scallops and season with extra black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6.

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  1. An Asian themed pesto is a great idea!

  2. That pesto looks incredible. I am not a big pasta eater, but will be making that for chicken and seafood.

  3. Love the sounds of that pesto and can't wait to try it (in the spring when I have basil again!). I never add cheese to my pesto - which I make in batches and freeze in the fall - that way I can decide what type of cuisine it goes into later and add cheese if needed.

  4. this looks so beautiful and it sounds amazing!

  5. Oh....what deliciousness! Asian pesto. Awesome. Love all those flavors together. Yum! - mary

  6. That looks positively scrumptious. Do you think the consistency would be roughly equivalent if pecans or almonds were used instead of walnuts (walnut allergy being a problem in my family)? And are you using regular Basil or Thai Basil? I'm going to have to try this. num num num...

  7. Your comments awesome and very informative.
    I like it very much. Keep up the good work.


  8. I am obsessed with pesto.. Asian pesto sounds great!. Shall try soon!.

  9. Congrats on Top 9!
    I love your pesto recipe.

  10. Whoa! Sounds delicious, but super spicy!

  11. very interesting and looks yummy...

  12. Fabulous idea - looks great! Can't wait to give it a try.

  13. @Shelle : I think Pecan might have a similar consistency. I used the regular sweet basil for this recipe.



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