SMOKED SALMON PASTA
Approximate Yield: 4 servings
This refreshing Spring pasta with smoked salmon is perfect for when the days start to get long, and you're looking for an all-in-one meal that comes together easily. Lots of veggies, comforting noodles, and salty smoked salmon add up to a lovely meal best enjoyed with friends and a couple glasses of rosé. Or as a dinner for one, because you deserve it, and this dish really is that easy to make! Lemon zest, grated parmesan, and a little sour cream round out the flavor profile of this dish, demonstrating how extraordinary a simple home-cooked meal truly can be.
1 pound fettuccine (feel free to substitute another long pasta)
1 bunch asparagus (roughly 1 pound), trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 bag frozen peas (10-12 ounces is ideal)
1 1/2 cups of spinach
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cubed
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sour cream
8 ounces of Acme Smoked Fish smoked salmon, cut into ½ ince strips
1 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup of grated parmesan
Salt and pepper, to taste
Bring a large pot of water, salted to an ocean-like salinity, to a rolling boil. Cook pasta in boiling water, stirring occasionally. For al dente, cook for 6 minutes (or 2 minutes less than the package's instructions dictate, if using a pasta other than fettuccine). Add asparagus to the pot and continue to cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add frozen peas and continue to cook until cooked through, about 1 minute more. Right before draining the pasta, add the spinach. After the spinach has cooked in the pot for about 10 seconds, drain the pasta and all of the vegetables together, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
Transfer the pasta and vegetables to a large bowl. Add the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 cup sour cream, and salt and pepper. Toss until well combined, adding reserved pasta cooking liquid a little at a time, as needed, until a smooth sauce coats the pasta.
Divide the pasta between four bowls. Top with smoked salmon, basil, and grated parmesan. Season with pepper, to taste.
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