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Scallop Mac & Cheese Recipe

Scallop Mac & Cheese Recipe

A nice way to dress up this favorite feel-good food is to add scallops. They transform mac and cheese into a sophisticated dish.—Laurie Lufkin, Essex, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup French bread baguette crumbs
  • 1 pound bay scallops
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons sherry or chicken broth
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir until lightly toasted.
  • 2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add scallops; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until firm and opaque. Remove and keep warm. Melt remaining butter in the pan; add mushrooms and onion. Cook and stir until tender. Stir in the flour, thyme, salt and pepper until blended.
  • 3. Gradually add the milk, wine and sherry. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheeses until melted. Drain pasta; stir pasta and scallops into sauce.
  • 4. Divide among five 10-oz. ramekins or custard cups. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Place ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Spoon onto plates if desired. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 704 calories, 37g fat (22g saturated fat), 132mg cholesterol, 696mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 38g protein.

Reviews for Scallop Mac & Cheese

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partnersincooking User ID: 7714480 176063
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"Amazing! We had odd things left in the freezer to use up before moving and I found this recipe (because I was using leftover freezer cheese I was not able to adhere strictly to types and ratios of cheese recommended); however, this dish was fabulous. There are some recipes that the ingredients truly mesh appropriately with the other ingredients. I did not expect this but at times when you have a portion of scallop in a bite it tastes so right. I agree with others that this is restaurant quality. I used half wine and sherry and half chicken broth when making this."

LOVERIBS User ID: 6519972 108616
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"Restaurant Quality !!!!!!

Amazing !!!!"

kimmik22 User ID: 5478187 175819
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"This was fantastic! This is the kind of Mac & Cheese you would find in a fine dining restaurant! :)

I used panko bread crumbs instead & baked it in one large baking dish instead of individual ramekins. Next time I would cut the scallops in 1/2 so there is more throughout the whole dish. Next time I'm thinking about using shrimp instead. Maybe either popcorn size or large shrimp chopped up.
Will make again & again! Great way to impress company!"

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 190919
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"the flavor of this dish is excellent. elegant almost. i also reheats well"

jc051150 User ID: 5270215 189899
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Just mad this to take to the beach. Put 4 in the freezer so wish me luck on freezing. My husband ate the 5th one and raved. I used shrimp instead of scallops, low fat cheddar and reg swiss, one cup skim milk and 1 cup half and half because I didn't have whole milk. Next time I'll use less butter to toast the bread crumbs but this recipe is to die for and will go in my recipe box as a special occasion meal."

Ndallas07 User ID: 6234022 176062
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I think it just needed a little more flavor. Its a little elaborate but nothing too crazy. My boyfriend loved it though!"

naner0331 User ID: 512289 131014
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"One more comment: My hubby loved this and he's definitely more a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. Oh!!! And one more thing with my "makeover" about a little reduced-fat cream cheese? I'd start with 4 ounces and see what happens. Blessed cooking, everyone?"

naner0331 User ID: 512289 123406
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"EXCELLENT AND VERY FUN TO MAKE!!!! Will make again. Next time, though, I want to try a reduced-fat "makeover". How 'bout chicken instead of scallops? Then get rid of the butter and use 1/8 C. olive oil for the bread crumbs and do the same for the rest of that kind of fat. For the whole milk, I'll try fat-free reconstituted evaporated milk or fat-free half & half. I'll check out the fat calories in reduced-fat cheese and do some changing there, too; probably one full-fat and the other reduced. Not sure what to do with the sherry...maybe just the 2 tablespoons? What do you all think...will these changes make a lot of difference? For the seafood lovers, maybe use shrimp instead of scallops? So much fun being in the kitchen actually making real food rather than dumping something out of a box with ingredients most of us can't even pronounce."

likesyummies User ID: 2499832 121880
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"do I see my self eating it regularly? No but as a delicious treat. Is there any fit/active youth anymore? But where tastebuds are more evolved, it's excellent."

MsPattyinLoveland User ID: 5671128 189898
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"I used whole grain pasta for this and 2% cheese and skim milk. Stop complaining about the time it takes to prepare. Involve everyone's help and you will have quality family time. We spend that much time just trying to FIGURE out what to make. Excellent recipe."

wombatt User ID: 4256084 212071
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"this is great and its not a meal for 7 days a week so its not that bad once in a while so get over it. like thumpers mom said '' if you cant say something nice then shut up and let people eat and choose to eat what they want '' ok. i changed it ''some''"

chezshea User ID: 3621564 189897
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"37 grams of fat is FOUR meals worth for all of us but the very young and active. Too much cheese and butter killed the kings of Europe ! Delicious is not everything. Try scallops on angel hair instead....only 4 grams of fat."

Travlnman02 User ID: 5805527 193337
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"You either like scallops or you don't. If you don't it will not make a difference what the recipe is but this one is excellent. Takes a little longer to prepare but well worth the time and effort. I only added a squeeze of fresh lemon as I prepared to eat it. I had a small New York Strip Steak and fresh made Garlic Bread, and steamed vegs with it. Made a great meal."

pigletcat User ID: 1286714 193336
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"Too much work. I've been known to open a box of M & C and add a can of peas, etc."

laura1008 User ID: 2581549 114631
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"Not any more complicated than any homemade mac n cheese which is WELL worth the effort. I dont know about swiss cheese i think id use more cheddar and switch the bread crumbs for panko for extra crunch."

Tumbleweeds User ID: 594905 193335
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"Way too much work!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.