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Seared Salmon with Linguine and Ramp Pesto

5.0/5 rating (1 votes)
  • Serves: 6
  • Complexity: medium

Ramps stand in for both basil and garlic in this new spin on pesto.

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2/3 cup thinly sliced trimmed ramp bulbs and slender stems
  • 1 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese*
  • 1/3 cup Marcona almonds**
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 12 ounces linguine
  • 6 6-ounce salmon fillets

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2/3 cup ramp bulbs and stems to skillet and sauté just until soft but not browned, reducing heat if necessary to prevent browning, about 5 minutes. Transfer sautéed ramps to processor (do not clean skillet). Add green tops, cheese, almonds, and tarragon to processor; process until finely chopped. With machine running, gradually add 1/2 cup oil and puree until almost smooth. Transfer pesto to bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead; cover and chill.

    Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally.

    Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Add salmon to skillet and cook just until opaque in center, about 4 minutes per side.

    Drain pasta, reserving 3/4 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot; add all but 1/4 cup pesto and toss to coat, adding enough pasta cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls to moisten. Season with salt and pepper. Divide pasta among plates. Top with salmon. Spread remaining 1/4 cup pesto over fish and serve.

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