New Year's Resolution Skinny Salmon Pasta
Most of us make three New Year's resolutions: (1) to eat healthier and
less fattening food; (2) to eat more foods rich in Omega-3 and (3) to get more
Here is my adaptation of a recipe that will help you fulfill the first and
second resolutions. The last one is still up to you!
Instead of using all cream for the pasta sauce, I used half cream and half
buttermilk (you can also use all buttermilk). Instead of using all pasta,
I mixed the pasta with equal amounts of onion and bulb fennel strips. The result
was a lighter dish that was very satisfying, with probably half the
calories. Curry powder and fresh lemon (juice and zest) give it a lively
flavor without being overpowering.
and Fennel Strips:
- Peel the yellow onion and cut it into thin strips (about the same diameter as the
pasta that you will use).
- Remove the core from a bulb fennel and cut it into strips the same size as
the onion strips.
- Sauté the onions and fennel strips separately in olive oil until tender.
- Set aside until the pasta is cooked.
Prepare Lemony Curry Sauce:
- In a small saucepan add about 2/3 cup heavy cream and 2/3 cup buttermilk.
- Add juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon.
- Whisk in 1/2 TBS curry powder and 1/2 tsp ground ginger (add more or less of
these spices to your taste).
- Cook sauce slowly, stirring frequently, until it is reduced by about half.
- I used about a 1" diameter bundle of perciatelli -- a thin, tube-like
spaghetti past. (You should have equal amounts of cooked pasta and onion-fennel
- Cook pasta until tender, drain and return to the same pan.
- Add the pre-cooked onion and fennel strips and mix thoroughly with the
pasta. Heat together until vegetables are warm.
- Add the curry sauce to the pasta-vegetable mixture and mix well.
- While the pasta is cooking broil the salmon, which you brush with olive
oil and season with lemon pepper, zest from 1/2 a lemon. Try to use a
thin fillet (with skin on) rather than a thick steak. The fillet will
cook more evenly in the broiler (5-7 minutes).
- Place pasta mixture in a warm, shallow bowl and top with flaked pieces of
broiled salmon (without skin).
- A green salad and a glass of rose complete an easy Sunday supper!