Scallops with Pesto

2 tbsp. pine nuts

 Salt

2 cloves garlic, peeled

 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp. freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano

Freshly ground black pepper

24 large sea scallops, muscles removed

2 tbsp. butter

1. Pulse pine nuts and 1⁄2 tsp. salt together in a food processor until finely ground. Add garlic and basil and, with the motor running, drizzle in olive oil. Add parmigiano-reggiano and process into a smooth paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

2. Season scallops with salt and pepper. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, then add butter. When butter begins to brown, add scallops and sear until golden, 1 1⁄2-2 minutes. Turn scallops and cook until opaque, 1 1⁄2-2 minutes more. Spoon pesto onto 8 plates, then set 3 scallops in pesto on each plate.

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