- 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
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir until lightly toasted.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.
Reviews for Scallop Mac & Cheese
"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."
"Restaurant Quality !!!!!!Amazing !!!!"
"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!"
"the flavor of this dish is excellent. elegant almost. i also reheats well"
"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."