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Alaska Salmon Penne with Green Beans and Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Serves: 5 (2 cups each)


12 oz. whole wheat penne (or other pasta shapes)
1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and halved
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves    
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
12 oz. Alaska Salmon, fresh, thawed or frozen
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lemon wedges and sprigs of thyme, for garnish


Cook 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.

While 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.  

Turn 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.  

Break 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.


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