Some days, I just crave salmon. I can’t explain it, really, but when I have that craving, there is nothing to do but give in and enjoy. I’ve learned to listen to my body, and when it wants protein, I usually give in. Typically, we buy locally produced seafood and meat, but salmon isn’t local to North Carolina, so I make an exception for it. We purchase wild caught salmon, not farm raised, which ups the price for dinner. So, instead of giving up on it or blowing my budget completely, I like to add it to pasta, which stretches our meal out a bit. To save money, we also bought wild salmon pieces (the leftover pieces from trimming fillets) instead of pricey steaks or fillets. Since we were cutting them up anyway, it didn’t seem worth the price to buy a larger cut.
We tend to eat pasta dishes on Fridays or Saturdays, the day or two before our long runs. In our marathon training, we are up in the 20+ miles now (when the oppressive humidity allows), so we need the carbs to help us fuel through our running schedule. We agreed that this recipe is a keeper.
This pasta dish is wonderfully satisfying. It includes wild caught salmon pieces fresh, local organic corn, which is super good right now and peas. If you thought ahead and froze spring peas, this is a terrific use for them! This dish also uses a creamy faux alfredo sauce made from cauliflower–yes, you read right. Cauliflower! This genius recipe was posted by a talented food blogger on Pinch of Yum. HERE is her recipe. It is amazingly awesome.
Fettuccine with Salmon, Peas and Corn (makes 6 servings)
- 1 lb. organic fettuccine noodles
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1/2 lb. wild-caught salmon pieces, cut into 2″ chunks
- 2 cups fresh, raw, organic corn (you can use frozen as well)
- 2 cups fresh or frozen peas
- 1 recipe cauliflower alfredo sauce
- Kosher or mineral salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Prepare the cauliflower alfredo sauce and set aside.
- Heat water in a stock pot for the pasta. When the water boils, add a healthy amount of salt to the water. Add the pasta and cook according to directions (about 10 minutes for fettucine).
- While the pasta boils, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat.
- Add the onions and saute for about 10 minutes, or until onions are soft. If onions begin to brown, turn the heat down.
- Add the minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add the salmon and cook with the onions for about 4 minutes or until salmon is opaque on the outside.
- Add the corn, peas and cauliflower sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.
- Heat the sauce until all is warmed through–about 4-5 minutes.
- Drain the pasta and add to the skillet. Toss all together to combine.
- Serve immediately.