Seared Salmon with Whole-Wheat Penne, Goat Cheese, and Zucchini
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Ingredients & Equipment
What we send
- 1/8 ouncebasil
- 6 ounceszucchini
- 2 clovesgarlic
- 1/4 pintgrape tomatoes
- 8 ounceswhole-wheat penne pasta
- 10 ouncessalmon
- 2 ouncesgoat cheese
What You’ll Need
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- 8" medium pot
- 10" medium pan with lid
- aluminum foil
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Rinse all produce. Thinly slice basil leaves, discarding stems. Halve zucchini lengthwise, then cut crosswise into ¼-inch half-moons, discarding ends. Mince garlic.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add whole grape tomatoes, zucchini, and garlic. Sauté, stirring, until beginning to soften, 4-6 minutes. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired, then remove pan from heat. Transfer sautéed vegetables to a bowl and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Wipe pan clean and reserve for Step 4.
Cook whole-wheat penne
While vegetables cook, season boiling water generously with salt. Stir in penne and cook until al dente, about 6 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup pasta cooking water, then drain penne and return to pot, off heat.
While penne cooks, pat salmon dry with paper towel; season all over with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Return pan from vegetables to medium-high heat with 2 teaspoons olive oil. When oil is shimmering, add salmon skin-side up; sear until golden on bottom, 5 minutes. Flip salmon and cover pan, keeping lid slightly ajar for steam to escape. Continue searing until fish is cooked through and opaque, 3-5 minutes more. Remove pan from heat.
To pot with penne, still off heat, stir in goat cheese and half of basil to combine. Adding 1 tablespoon at a time, stir in reserved pasta cooking water until sauce is silky and clings to noodles. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
Plate seared salmon
Divide whole-wheat penne between shallow serving bowls. Top with sautéed vegetables and seared salmon. Garnish with remaining basil and enjoy!