Salmon Asparagus Pasta

I can’t get enough of food off the grill!  If you’ve been reading long enough, you’d know I can’t get enough of pasta with cream sauce, either.  Combined together, this dish is heavenly.


For the Cream Sauce:
-2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
-2 Tablespoons Shallots, minced
-1/2 Cup White Wine
-3/4 Cup Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
-3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
-1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
-1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

-1/2 Pound of Pasta, cooked according to package directions

For the Salmon:
-3 Salmon Filets, with skin (approx 6 oz each)
-1 Pound Asparagus Spears, ends removed
-Olive Oil
-Kosher Salt
-Black Pepper

First, make the sauce:  Melt butter and sauté the shallots on medium heat for about two minutes.  Do not allow to brown.  Add wine and simmer until it has reduced by 1/2.  Add chicken broth, cream, salt, and pepper.  Stir together and simmer until about 1 cup of sauce is remaining.  The sauce should be thick and coats the back of a spoon.  Set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Pour the sauce over the pasta, cover, and set aside.

Brush the salmon filets and asparagus in olive oil.  Lightly season with salt and pepper.  Grill the salmon filets with the flesh side down on direct medium heat.  After 6-7 minutes, lift the filets with tongs.  Turn over, so the skin is facing down.  Cook another 2-4 minutes.  Slide a spatula between the skin and flesh and transfer to a clean warm serving plate.  Grill the asparagus until tender, about 6-8 minutes, turning occasionally.  Remove when done, and cut into pieces.  Toss in with the pasta and serve with a salmon filet on top.

9 thoughts on “Salmon Asparagus Pasta

  1. chefconnie

    10 May on 2012 at 10:38 am

    This is my favorite combination. I usually throw in some peas. Very pretty picture.

    • thedrivencook

      11 May on 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Oh, peas sound great, too! :) I will have to toss in a handful or two next time I make this.

  2. Just A Smidgen

    10 May on 2012 at 1:58 pm

    How lovely and fresh this sauce is with the addition of wine! And healthy with salmon on top:) Perfect for spring!

    • thedrivencook

      11 May on 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Yes, although cream sauce isn’t always healthy, the salmon is. :)

  3. Cavities & Cravings

    13 May on 2012 at 1:40 pm

    We LOVE grilling too. Once the weather is nice out we don’t stop using our grill until the weather gets too cold again. Love this recipe. The sauce sounds delicious.

    • thedrivencook

      17 May on 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks! Yes things are well, thanks for asking!

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