how to make salmon quinoa pasta 

salmon quinoa pasta

Happy Monday, everyone!  This salmon quinoa pasta recipe was adapted from Spark People.  I was looking for a pasta salad type of dish with the addition of salmon instead of tuna as I typically see it.  Someone brought in a salmon quinoa pasta to work last year and I thought it was such a great snack for the warmer season {I know it’s technically still winter, but it’s been quite warm in Central / Southern California}.  I used a vegetable pasta and added cooked quinoa instead of using a quinoa pasta because I just couldn’t find any at Trader Joe’s!  It’s really a great recipe to prep for the week; I got more than 6 lunches out of it, but I shared with Jj because, hah, I couldn’t eat anymore of it after a couple of days!

 

Ingredients:
+ 12 oz Vegetable Radiatore Organic Pasta from TJs
+ 2 oz or more of basil pesto (Find: My homemade recipe)
+ one salmon fillet
+ 1.5 cup cooked quinoa
+ grated parmesan cheese
+ 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
+ 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
+ salt and pepper to taste and salt for boiling pasta

To prepare:
+ Set oven to broil on HIGH. Boil vegetable pasta in a pot with 2 qt lightly salted water for 10 minutes.
+ Wash quinoa and cook in a rice cooker with 2:1 water to quinoa ratio
+ Clean and season salmon fillet with olive oil, salt and pepper, on a sheet of parchment paper over a baking pan
+ Place pan in oven and broil for 13 minutes; use more time if it’s a big piece and check the fillet.
+ Remove cooked pasta, drain and pour cold water of pasta to prevent overcooking
+ In a bowl, mix pasta with salmon, quinoa, and basil pesto
+ Sprinkle red pepper flakes, pepper, and cheese to liking

Serve with:
+ Spinach on the side or mixed in
+ Chicken instead of salmon
+ Other cheeses, but in moderation!

 

 

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