Farfalle with Salmon, Arugula and Leeks
Farfalle with Salmon, Arugula, and Leeks
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 (4-ounce) skinless salmon fillets
Salt and pepper
2 cups arugula, tough stems removed
10 ounces farfalle
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Place the fillets in the skillet until nicely seared on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.
Transfer to a plate and set aside. Wipe out the skillet.
When the salmon is cool enough to handle, flake it into bite-size (1-inch) pieces; set aside.
Cut the tops off the leeks, reserving only the white and tender green parts.
Rinse well to remove any dirt. Slice the leeks in half lengthwise and then thinly crosswise.
Return the skillet to medium-high heat adding the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the leeks; season with salt and pepper. Cook the leeks, stirring often, until soft and golden brown, about 6-7 minutes. Add the arugula and sauté until just wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Cook the farfalle in boiling salted water according to the package directions.
Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
Add the farfalle to the skillet with the leeks and arugula and place over medium heat. Stir in the lemon juice and the reserved cooking water.
Return the flaked salmon to the skillet and gently toss to combine.
Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve.
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HOW TO REMOVE SKIN FROM SALMON FILLETS
1. Place the fillet, skin-side down, on a cutting board.
2. Holding the tail end firmly, use a sharp knife to make a cut between the flesh and skin in the opposite direction from the tail end. If you don't have a tail end, start at one corner of the fillet.
3. Hold the skin tautly and run the knife down the length of the fillet. Take care not to cut through the skin.
Salmon adds color and flavor to this simple pasta dish. If possible, purchase wild salmon over farm-raised. Not only does wild salmon have more flavor but farmed salmon has three times the total fat of wild salmon. This dish can be served hot or cold.