Seared Scallops with Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

Step 1: In a medium sized pan heat to high heat. Completely pat dry 1 lb dry sea scallops and season the scallops with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Step 2: Add oil and scallops to the pan. Sear 2 minutes on one side until golden brown and 1 minute on the other side or until done. Remove to a serving plate. Step 3: Meanwhile, in a sauce pan heat 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream over medium heat. Simmer until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Turn heat off and whisk in 1/2 cup basil pesto. Step 4: Spoon pesto sauce over scallops and garnish with lemon zest and chopped parsley. Serve immediately with your favorite pasta or roasted veggies for a whole meal.

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