Alaska Salmon Penne with Green Beans and Vinaigret
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- 1 pkg
- (12 ounces) whole wheat penne (or other pasta)
- 1/2 lb
- fresh green beans, trimmed and halved
- finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 Tbsp
- fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 tsp
- garlic salt
- 3 Tbsp
- olive oil (divided)
- 12 oz
- alaska salmon, fresh, thawed or frozen
- salt and pepper to taste
- lemon wedges
- sprigs of thyme
1Cook the pasta in boiling water for about 8 minutes, or according to package instructions, until al dente. Add the green beans to the water during the last 3 to 4 minutes of cooking time.
Drain pasta and beans, reserving 3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid, then return pasta, beans and reserved liquid to the pan. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme leaves, garlic salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
2While pasta cooks, rinse any ice glaze from frozen Alaska Salmon under cold water; pat dry with paper towel. Heat a heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of salmon with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place salmon in heated skillet and cook, uncovered, about 3 to 4 minutes, until browned. Shake pan occasionally to keep fish from sticking.
3Turn salmon over; cover pan tightly and reduce heat to medium. Cook an additional 6 to 8 minutes for frozen salmon or 3 to 4 minutes for fresh/thawed fish. Cook just until fish is opaque throughout.
4Break salmon into large chunks (removing skin, if any); add to pasta. Cook and stir gently over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon wedges and thyme sprigs.