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Salmon & Asparagus in Creamy Dill Sauce

Dill and lemon are the perfect flavours for this wild salmon and pasta recipe. Della Terra Dill Olive Oil is used in both the salmon and the accompanying fresh pasta recipe.

  • 1 pound fresh wild salmon fillets
  • 1 bundle of thin, tender asparagus, woody stems discarded
  • 1 pound dried pasta (pappardelle or fresh Dill Fettuccine Pasta)
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons Della Terra Dill Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill and/or flat leaf parsley to garnish
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Rub the salmon and toss the asparagus spears with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of Della Terra Dill Olive Oil whisked with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Season both the salmon and asparagus liberally with salt and fresh ground pepper. Grill or broil until just cooked, being careful to err on the side of under-cooking both the salmon and asparagus. The most important thing here is to sear the salmon and asparagus on the exterior. After grilling, cut the asparagus into 2" pieces and break the salmon in to large meaty chunks and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the dried pasta based on the package directions.  If using the fresh pasta recipe, cook for two minutes and drain well.  

In a sauté pan, heat two tablespoons of Della Terra Dill Olive Oil over medium heat. Add sliced shallots and cook until tender. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add wine and remaining lemon juice. Continue cooking until the liquid is reduced by half. Add cream and remaining Della Terra Dill Olive Oil. Stir until the mixture simmers and thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, add asparagus to the pan with the sauce and cook for an additional two minutes, being careful not to overcook or it will get mushy. Add salmon chunks and cook to warm through, being careful not to break the chunks up. Ladle over drained pasta and serve garnished with dill and or flat leaf parsley.




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