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Pesto Salmon With Pasta Oglio Olio
This dish combines fresh seafood and homemade pesto with a light, garlic sauce that is easy and fun to make in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time: 00:15
Cook Time: 00:15
1/8 cup pine nuts
1 1/2 cups fresh basil, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic
1/2 lb salmon fillet
2 cups spinach
red pepper flakes
1In a medium skillet, toasting the pine nuts on medium-high until they start to smell nutty (around 2-4 minutes). While the nuts are toasting, fill a pot with water for the pasta. Drizzle tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle a dash of salt into the pot. Begin to bring to a boil. After the nuts have toasted, set to the side.
2Peel garlic cloves and finely mince; set aside one minced garlic clove in a large bowl and save the rest for sauce. Wash and pat dry basil leaves before finely chopping into thin strips. Pulverize small portions of basil with garlic. Add small portions of pine nuts and grind together until a paste starts to form (if you want chunkier pesto, with larger fragments of pine nuts, do not grind completely). Slowly add around 1 tablespoons of olive oil, throughly combine, then add another tablespoon. Squeeze juice of 1/4 lemon into the mixture. Add grated Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and other seasoning to taste.
3Line a sheet with aluminum foil and place salmon on it. Drizzle with olive oil, juice of 1/2 lemon, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle handful of panko crumbs, then spread on pesto. Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes.
4While salmon is in the oven, add 2 servings of pasta to boiling water. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5-6 minutes before added spinach. Stir and cook pasta and spinach for another 2-3 minutes, then drain. Set aside in large bowl or container.
5Using the same pot, combine remaining garlic and around 1/2 cup of olive oil on medium heat. Stir until garlic becomes aromatic (around 2-3 minutes), then add red pepper flakes and salt. Remove from heat and pour the mixture in bowl with pasta and spinach.
6As the crust begins to brown, remove salmon from oven and immediately serve with pasta.
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