Pesto Pasta Salmon-y Goodness

Fast, Easy and Delicious

  • A salmon fillet
  • Dill weed -- optional
  • Basil -- a large tub from Fred Meyer, I think it's four ounces.
  • Olive Oil -- a few tablespoons
  • 1/2 to 1 Cup Parmesan or similar cheese, grated
  • 1/8 to 1/4 Cup Pine nuts
  • 1 lb Penne or spiral pasta

Salmon: Sprinkle some dill weed on the flesh side of the salmon fillet. Cook the salmon any way you like. We grill it, but frying, boiling, broiling, baking, etc. work just fine. Save the salmon skin for the dog. Flake the fillet, pulling the rib and pin bones as you go. Unless you like bones, in which case, by all means, keep them in.

Pesto: Add the basil, olive oil, parmesan and pine nuts to a food processor and whiz it up. Salt, pepper and otherwise adjust to taste. You can cheat and buy premade pesto, too, just don't tell anyone if you do that.

Pasta: Boil the pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and return to pot, or a bowl if you want more dishes to wash. Stir in the pesto and cooked salmon. Ready to eat! Use chopsticks for extra fun.