Hi!!! How were your holidays? Too much meat and gravy? how does it sound a nice dish of pesto pasta with fresh salmon and fresh peas? To me, like heaven!
I can’t complain this year, with regards to spending my Xmas day in the kitchen, because, since I don’t have my oven (I think I said in preovious posts that the top element had blown up and I took it to repair). The thing is that, because it’s xmas, they are taking their time to fix it… it was supposed to be ready lasta week, but I’ve called today to arrange pick up and they told me (like if I was crazy for asking) that the oven wasn’t ready, it would be ready by the end of t his week, if I am lucky (taking into account that by the end of the week, it’ll be new year’s eve and new year’s day, I don’t put all my hopes into it either…)
Sooo…. I can’t roast, they didn’t want anything prepared in the stove so, and because it’s summer here, I decided that I would make some tapas, and my husband would cook some nice meat in the BBQ, and that’s what we did!
It was a very very relaxing Xmas day, I think this should become our Xmas tradition from now on!
But, today, I wanted something less meaty. I had to pieces of salmon in the fridge that I was meant to cook yesterday, but due to a plans change, I had them for today (they were really fresh so I didn’t mind). At first, I though about cooking the salmon with pesto, with some boiled potatoes, but I went to the little grocery in the corner of my street, and the lady was taking off peas from their pods… to sell.. They looked amazing, so terse and nice, that I couldn’t refrain myself from buying some. I tryed one, just like that, raw, and it was sweet and juicy, as it should…. so I just couldn’t stop thinking that I had to add some peas to my meal today, and that’s when the pesto pasta came to me!
I have to confess that I use pesto that comes in a jar. I used to do my own pesto, but in the region of Chile I live, it is not so easy to find fresh basil or pine nuts… (Pine nuts are so so expensive!!! I almost fainted the first time!!), so what I do instead, is buying some good quiality, italian imported genovese pesto in a jar, which is very very good quality and tastes very nice, and the only thing I have to do, is open the jar en enjoy it!
So, here’s the recipe! Very easy, very nice, very complete, very tasty!!
A big fat kiss!😘
- 1 packet of pasta of 500 gr (shape of your choice)
- 2 pieces of salmon loin
- 1 cup of fresh peas (in case it's not season, frozen peas will do)
- 1 jar of good quality pesto genovese
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- salt and pepper
- In a preheated at high heat non stick pan, add one tbsp of olive oil and cook the salmon (skin side first) until golden and crispy.
- Add salt and pepper to the meaty side, flip around and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Let cool down and remove skin, and make flakes with the salmon meat (not too small).
- In an pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta as per the manufacturer instructions.
- In the meantime, in another non stick pan, with the other tbsp of oil, sautee the peas, with salt and pepper until they become softer, 7-10 minutes (don't cook too much, or they'll shrink and get dry).
- Drain the pasta and put back in the pot.
- Add the salmon flakes, the sauteed peas and the pesto and mix well but carefully so the salmon doesn't break more.
- Serve and crown with freshly grated parmesano.
- Enjoy with some nice white wine!