Pappardelle With Asparagus and Salmon


Photo: Leigh Beisch

Prep: 15 minutes; Cook: 15 minutes. Andrea's wine pick: Look for an Italian white vermentino, which has the earthiness and acidity to stand up to the herbaceous taste of asparagus (a challenge with wine), as well as the plush, juicy body to complement the salmon. Antinori Vermentino from Tuscany ($20) has a luscious pear flavor to boot.


Makes 4 servings (serving size: about 2 cups)

Nutritional Information

Calories 504
Fat 15 g
Satfat 4 g
Monofat 6 g
Polyfat 4 g
Protein 34 g
Carbohydrate 59 g
Fiber 7 g
Cholesterol 65 mg
Iron 5 mg
Sodium 343 mg
Calcium 103 mg


3/4 pound salmon fillets
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for mister
1/2 pound pappardelle (wide-ribbon pasta)
1 minced shallot
1 pound asparagus, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 cups frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
4 lemon wedges, for serving


1. Season salmon with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Using a mister, spray fish with olive oil. Heat a pan over medium-high heat; sear fish, flesh side down, for 8 minutes or until nearly cooked through. Remove to a plate, skin side down, and cover with foil.

2. Cook pasta; drain, return to pot, keep warm.

3. Heat oil in pan; sauté shallot and asparagus 2 minutes, until beginning to brighten. Add broth; lower heat to medium, cover, and cook 3 minutes. Add peas, cover, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in sour cream, onions, mint, and dill; lower heat to simmer. Add remaining salt and pepper.

4. Add sauce to pasta; toss. Remove skin and flake salmon into large chunks; add to pasta and toss gently. Divide among 4 bowls.

5. Garnish with additional herbs and lemon wedges.