2 April 2008

Pappardelle with Asparagus and Salmon

Papardelle with Asparagus and Salmon
Ruth over at Once Upon a Feast has been organizing Presto Pasta nights every Friday for 2 years now. I don't eat pasta as often as I would like but since Spring is here to stay I decided upon this pasta for this weeks roundup...come to think of it this is my second pasta dish this week. Things are looking up!!

Everything about this dish screams Spring...from the British Columbia wild salmon, to the asparagus...to the fresh Spring peas...not forgetting the fresh taste sensations as well. Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings. It calls out to try something new and refreshing and perhaps exciting in the foodie world.

Our local Italian grocers has hundreds of different types of pastas that are both familiar and NOT!! I discovered Pappardelle ( pa-par-DAY-lay) which lends itself very well to this Spring-time dish. It ROCKS my foodie world!! Pappardelle are flat ribbons of pasta, sold either dried or fresh. They're normally served with hearty sauces that will cling to every nook and cranny. You could substitute tagliatelle which are narrower ribbons if you cannot find these.

I tried to do a little research on this particular pasta. All I know for sure is that it has wheat germ added and it is basically cut pappardelle. My Italian friends would know if that gives it a new name other that pappardelle. It says Morelli on the package, but is that the manufacturer or the name of the pasta?" I need to learn Italian!! What I do know for sure is that the pasta makes for an amazing dish to celebrate the arrival of Spring. The added bonus is that a fresh tasting and incredible dinner is ready in only 15 minutes to be served with a good Italian wine....or Canadian wine...wink...wink.

My Italian friend suggests an "Italian white Antinori Vermentino from Tuscany which has the earthiness and acidity to stand up to the herbaceous taste of asparagus as well as the plush, juicy body to complement the salmon. It also has a luscious pear flavour to boot!" Who new that the lovely asparagus was a challenge to pair with wine? If you want to try a British Columbia wine follow this guide . The VQA agrees with me and there are no real steadfast rules on pairing wine. Experiment and have fun!!!

*Pappardelle with Asparagus and Salmon**

3/4 pound salmon fillets
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus (extra for mister)

1/2 pound pappardelle (wide-ribbon pasta)

1 minced shallot
1 pound asparagus, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 cups frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/4 cup sliced green onions

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
4 lemon wedges, for serving

Season salmon with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Using a mister, spray fish with olive oil. Heat a pan over medium-high heat; sear fish, flesh side down, for 8 minutes or until nearly cooked through. Remove to a plate, skin side down, and cover with foil.

Cook pasta; drain, return to pot, keep warm.

Heat oil in pan; sauté shallot and asparagus 2 minutes, until beginning to brighten. Add broth; lower heat to medium, cover, and cook 3 minutes. Add peas, cover, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in sour cream, lemon zest, onions, mint, and dill; lower heat to simmer. Add remaining salt and pepper.

Add sauce to pasta; toss. Remove skin and flake salmon into large chunks; add to pasta and toss gently. Divide among 4 bowls.

Garnish with additional herbs and lemon wedges.

Serves 4

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  1. This looks fantastic and definitely screams spring to me. I was just hankering for some pasta the other day and this seems to jive well with my now rumbly stomach. I also like the inclusion of mint--I don't use it nearly enough, so its nice to see it in new things like this (new to me at least *shrugs* ).

  2. Look at that salmon's red (not pink) colour. It could only be wild.

  3. Great looking dish. Wait until you see mine...we're definitely on the same wavelength. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  4. Oh my gosh, Valli, I cannot wait to try this... It sounds Sooooo scrumptious! Wow! Salmon and sour cream and pasta and asparagus - so many especially incredible foods all in one place! Heaven!

  5. Nice entry and great ingredients.

  6. You know by now that I love any kind of pasta. Yum, all these lovely ingredients, plus mint.

  7. I love that type of pasta. I cant find it a lot of times.That color of salmon is intense!

  8. What a lovely combination of flavours.

  9. Give it a try Mike:D
    Thst's our BC sockeye Peter & Glamah...even the farmed is bright red:D
    I think we are on the same page Ruth:D
    It was heavenly Astra!!
    Thank you Giz.
    I know how much you love mint Ivy:D
    Try it ...you'll like it Sylvie:D

  10. Looks really yummy. I love those quick, fast, healthy pasta recipes. Looks really Spring.

  11. What a great meal you cooked up Val, and that salmon looks like it just came out of the water! The color is awesome!!

  12. With salmon and asparagus this pasta does look like a plate of Spring.

  13. Just look at that salmon colour and with pasta and asparagus I am totally sold on this dish! Wonderful Val :)

    Rosie x

  14. Oh so classic! Looks delicious. I love asparagus and salmon together.

  15. Morelli is the manufacturer -- they make dozens of shapes of pasta. It's one of my favorite brands.

  16. VAll, looks really delicious, how Spring!! Love it xxGloria

  17. How lucky you are to get those fresh ingredients!!!! This pasta dish looks so flavourful Val :D, I have pasta (not pappardelle), I just bought asparagus... I'll have to visit my fishmonger tomorrow ;-)

  18. All these beautiful pasta dishes are making me hungry

  19. What a lovely Spring dish! Mmmmm!

  20. Val.. and all this time I've been pronouncing it Pa-Pa-Dell!
    The dish looks fantastic as does that lovely Salmon!

  21. Yum! Sounds delicious. I need to create a dish using pappardelle.
    I ate out tonight and had pasta, and it was horribly overcooked. That's why we should eat pasta at home all of the time! We know how to cook it.

  22. Yep, you can't go too far wrong with this combo. Delish!

  23. Your pappardelle looks very delicious :) I may try it soon... I'm obsessed with salmon recently!

    Have a great weekend, Margot

  24. You're right, it does scream spring! I love pappardelle.

  25. Wow that sounds so delicious! I absolutely love Greek food and the combination of mint and dill is one my favourites.

  26. 2 great spring combinations! I was just looking for a pasta dish with salmon!!!! And, I have a new mint plant that is just calling out to be used!

  27. AnonymousMay 17, 2008

    This looks totally yummy. I know what I am making for this month's event!!!


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