Grown up Mac & Cheese With Bay Scallops

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is a yummy new recipe that I created today. I was thinking about making a pasta alfredo with some sauteed scallops, but things got out of control & my husband LOVED the results.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb bay scallop
  • 14 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk (or more as needed)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup of finely shredded cheese (I used a mixture of cheddar and muenster today because it's what I had in the house)
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese (to garnish)
  • 2 cups of small penne pasta
  • salt and pepper, as needed


  1. Set pot of water to boil for the pasta & add pasta when water is at a rolling boil.
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, heat onion and butter until onions are soft, sweet and lightly brown - add garlic at the end as it cooks much faster than onion.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the top of them and stir to make a roux. Add the milk a little at a time while stirring constantly. Don't panic if it's a little lumpy because you are making a cheese sauce anyway.
  4. After thoroughly rinsing the bay scallops (they tend to be sandy) add them to the sauce in the pan and cook until the scallops are opaque. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Once the scallops are done, add the cheese and stir it up.
  6. To plate, I garnished with goat cheese and fresh cracked pepper - very tasty addition.
Most Helpful

This mac and cheese is very creamy and cheesy. Use your biggest skillet/frying pan for this. My DH said this was the best mac and cheese he ever had! It is high in fat, though, so if you are on a low fat diet, or are watching your calorie intake, then avoid; otherwise, enjoy! I will definitely be making this again. The recipe is a keeper!

tridatraders December 14, 2011

This was a great & fast dinner! I just added scallops in with the onion and garlic to cook since they weren't already cooked. This is definitely going to be a go to meal on nights when I don't have much time. Has potential for many variations. Thanks for sharing!

sconehead September 15, 2009

This was very good! I used a mixture of sharp cheddar and monterey jack. I added 1/4 t dried thyme and 1/2 t old bay, 1/4 t dry mustard and left out the garlic since I was out. I used elbow macaroni with it, but really would have preferred linguini or spaghetti for presentation. What I would do differently next time is saute the scallops in another pan and pour off the liquid as it overpowered the cheese sauce for our tastes. I might also consider adding some parmesan for a 3 cheese sauce.

MarylandMomof3 January 13, 2009