Hands on time: 15 minutes, Total time: 20 minutes

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and black pepper
12 ounces linguine (3⁄4 box)
1 cup frozen peas
16 sea scallops (about 1 1⁄2 pounds), patted dry
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

Heat oven to 350° F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the bread crumbs and lemon zest with 1 tablespoon of the oil and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Bake, tossing once, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes; let cool.

Meanwhile, cook the linguine according to the package directions, adding the peas during the last minute of cooking. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta; reserve the pot.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the scallops with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until golden brown on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook until opaque throughout, 1 to 2 minutes more.

Wipe out the pasta pot and cook the butter over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the pasta and peas, scallops, tarragon, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ cup of the reserved cooking water and toss to coat (add more cooking water if the pasta seems dry). Serve sprinkled with the toasted bread crumbs.

Serves 4, Per Serving

Calories 621, Fat 20g, Sat Fat 9g, Cholesterol 73mg, Sodium 863mg, Protein 32g, Carbohydrate 78g, Sugar 6g, Fiber 5g, Iron 5mg, Calcium 61mg

Real Simple, September 2011, page 254

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