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Salmon and Whole-Wheat Noodles in Ginger Broth

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The fish and noodles here have just enough broth to swim in, but not so much that you'd call this a soup. The recipe is inspired by Japanese soba-noodle dishes, so if buckwheat soba noodles are available in your area, use them instead.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound whole-wheat linguine
  • 2 1/2 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 2- inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 3 scallions including green tops, cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps cut into thin slices
  • 1 pound salmon fillet, skinned, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 quart spinach leaves (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/4 pound bean sprouts (about 1 cup)

How to Make It

  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the linguine until almost done, about 12 minutes. Drain.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the broth, sherry, soy sauce, ginger, scallions, and salt. Bring to a simmer and continue simmering, covered, for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and the salmon to the broth and simmer, covered, until the fish is just cooked through, about 6 minutes for a 3/4-inch-thick fillet. Remove the salmon from the broth.

  3. Stir the pasta, spinach, and bean sprouts into the broth. Cover and simmer until the pasta is done, about 3 minutes. Put the linguine and vegetables into serving bowls. Top with the salmon and ladle the ginger broth over the top.

  4. Fish Alternatives: The sherry, soy sauce, and ginger in the broth would also complement meaty tuna steaks. Try them instead of the salmon.

  5. Wine Recommendation: A full-bodied but acidic white wine will be well-suited to the deep, earthy flavors of the whole-wheat noodles, salmon, and mushrooms. Tokay Pinot Gris from the Alsace in France or sémillon from Washington State are both good examples.

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