Salmon with Walnut Pesto and Pasta Recipe

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Submitted by clairelaine

Makes 6 servings



http://fishcooking.about.com/od/salmonrecipes/r/salmon_pesto.htm a winter pesto made with walnuts and parsley instead of the usual pine nuts and basil, tossed with pasta made from rye flour. Rye pasta is hard to find, so use whole wheat or any dark flour pasta, such as farro, spelt or buckwheat. And it doesn't matter what shape pasta you use, although I use tagliatelle.

Recipe Ingredients for Salmon with Walnut Pesto and Pasta

1 1/2 lb salmon fillets
1 Salt
1 lb pasta, such as tagliatelle or spaghetti
3 tbs lemon juice
4 chopped garlic cloves
1 T grated parmesan cheese
4 T chopped parsley
3 T finely chopped walnuts
3 T olive oil, extra virgin
2 T olive oil

Recipe Directions for Salmon with Walnut Pesto and Pasta

  1. Start by making the pesto. I do this with a mortar and pestle, but if you don't want to do this, you can use a food processor with decent results. First add the chopped garlic and a pinch of salt, then top with the chopped parsley. Pound this well for a minute or two.

  2. Add the walnuts and grated cheese and pound this until you get a thick paste, about 2-3 minutes. Add one tablespoon at a time of the high-quality olive oil, pounding and mixing all the time, until the paste loosens enough to be tossed with pasta. You might need to add an extra tablespoon, and that's OK.

  3. Skin your salmon fillets and salt them well. Set them aside.

  4. Boil a large kettle of water, and add a palmful of salt. Once your water is boiling and the pasta is in, heat the regular olive oil in a large frying pan set on high heat.

  5. Lay the salmon fillets gently down on the hot oil and immediately turn the heat down to medium-high. Let them sizzle for at least 2 minutes -- more if they are thick. After 2-4 minutes, shake the pan. If the fillets release, flip them. If not, wait another minute or two. Be sure to cook the salmon all the way through; rare salmon is delicious, but not in this recipe.

  6. If you are using canned or smoked salmon, just flake it out into morsels.

  7. When the salmon is done, set aside to cool a little. As soon as you can stand it, flake the meat out and put it in a large bowl. Add a dollop of the pesto and mix gently.

  8. Add the cooked pasta and mix well. Add the rest of the pesto and mix gently until everything is incorporated.

  9. When you serve, pour or squeeze a little lemon juice on each serving right before you bring it to the table.

Categories

First Course, Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 217.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
584
Calories from Fat
266
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
29.6g
46%
Saturated Fat
4.9g
25%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
127mg
42%
Sodium
131mg
5%
Potassium
624mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates
43.3g
14%
Dietary Fiber
0.4g
2%
Sugars
0.3g
Protein
35.1g
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 5% Iron 18%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B
  Good points
  • Low in sodium
  • Very low in sugar
  • High in selenium
  • High in thiamin
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