Simple Salmon Pasta

As I learn more and more about gluten and cassein intolerances, I realize that many of the meals that Ryan and I make seem to fit the mold for a GFCF diet without much change.  During our visit to the North Shore of MN in August, we made a recipe by Giada.  The reviews for this recipe on the foodnetwork.com were beyond positive!  So, while the ingredients vary a bit from our go-to favorites, we decided to give it a whirl.  If you enjoy pasta…and salmon…and spinach, this one is for you!  While I prefer a tomato-based pasta, Ryan really enjoyed this pasta…I hope you do too.

SALMON PASTA (GFCF)

4 Servings

  • 1/2 pound whole-wheat spaghetti pasta (substitute Gluten Free pasta)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (we used 3 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 (4-ounce) pieces salmon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta and transfer to a large bowl. Add the garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.

Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Add the fish to the pan and cook until medium-rare, about 2 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fish. Remove the salmon from the pan.

Add the basil, capers, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the spaghetti mixture and toss to combine. Set out 4 serving plates or shallow bowls. Place 1/2 cup spinach in each bowl. Top with 1/4 of the pasta. Top each mound of pasta with a piece of salmon.

Serve immediately and pair with a glass of wine!

Indulge.  In Life.  In Love.  In Food.

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