Simple Fancy: Salmon and Pasta

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Cooking | 1 comment

Simple Fancy: Salmon and Pasta

I celebrated my 36th birthday last week.  I think for a mother of very young children, “celebrating” takes on a whole new meaning.  For me this year, the ultimate in celebrating looked like a break from all things domestic, especially the daily routine of cooking, cleaning, and taking care of people. I was just feeling really burned out on the never-ending-ness of it all, so my birthday seemed like a perfectly reasonable excuse to just kind of take a week off, and to my great excitement, everyone agreed. I didn’t cook, Husband cleaned up the house, my parents came to visit and took me out for dinners at restaurants where other people were entirely responsible for the meal preparation and cleaning, and I got to take leisurely showers whenever I felt like it.

Since my parents did the hard work of driving to town and assisting with my domestic hiatus, I wanted to cook them at least one meal.  The domestic hiatus demanded the meal be one that didn’t take a lot of time, require a lot of prep, or leave a huge mess, but I still wanted it to be nice enough to serve to guests.

Salmon is my go to when I want to cook a nice meal that’s also simple and quick.  I’ve tried salmon lots of different ways that are more involved than this simple recipe, but my family always agrees that this is our favorite.  It requires nearly nothing in the way of time, prep, or clean up.  Perfect!  I almost always throw asparagus in with the salmon for the last five minutes of cooking, but this time I opted for this Fusilli with Pecorino Romano and Black Pepper recipe instead (I didn’t have fusilli or Romano cheese on hand, so I substituted elbow macaroni and Parmesan).  The pasta was a perfect compliment to the fish and was incredibly quick and easy to prepare.  The entire meal was delicious, only took about ten minutes of prep and another ten minutes of cook time, and was nice enough to serve to guests.

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Salmon and Cheesy Pasta

Simple Salmon:

2 lbs salmon fillet

Kosher or sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

Garlic powder

Dried basil

Cayenne pepper (optional)

Preheat broiler.  Place salmon skin side down on foil lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle fish generously with salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil.  Add a light sprinkling of cayenne if desired.  Place under broiler for 10-12 minutes until fish is just opaque in center and flakes easily with a fork.  Serve with Fusilli with Pecorino Romano and Black Pepper and lemon wedges.  Feeds 4-6 people.

One Comment

  1. Yes, it was delicious! LOVE THE SALMON. I bought the marscopone today to make the pasta this week. Very yummy.

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