I finally own matching dishware for a service for 12! I was ecstatic the day I brought them home. Hubby, however, just wanted dinner because it was late by the time I brought the new dishes home. I threw dinner together while I washed a couple of my new salad plates to serve it on.
The dinner was incredibly tasty for something so quick and easy. So much so, that I’ll definitely be making it again sometime when we have the kids. They’ll love the pasta and veggies, and they’re always asking when we’ll be having salmon again because it’s one of their favorite foods. Besides, when “my stepmom’s good food” makes one of your kids’ required “things I like” lists for school, how can you not make them what they like?
BAKED SALMON OVER PASTA WITH VEGETABLES
Serves 2; can be doubled easily to serve more
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stovetop
- Line a baking sheet with foil
- Place 2 6-ounce salmon steaks on foil, skin side down
- Drizzle olive oillightly over the salmon, brushing it to coat all of the meat
- I have rosemary and pink peppercorn infused olive oil my cousin made for Christmas that I love to use on salmon. I think it adds the perfect hint of spiciness and flavor.
- Season the salmon generously with salt and black pepper
- Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes per inch of thickness; I baked mine for 20 minutes
- While salmon bakes, add 1 cup whole wheat elbow macaroni to the boiling water and cook according to package directions
- A few minutes before the pasta is done, add 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables to the pasta and continue to boil
- Once pasta and vegetables are done, drain and toss with 1 Tablespoon butter
- Divide the pasta with vegetables evenly between two plates
- Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons shredded Parmesan and cracked black pepper to taste over each serving of pasta and vegetables
- When salmon is done baking and easily flakes with a fork, take a metal spatula and carefully remove the steak from the skin and place on top of the pasta with vegetables. I don’t grease the foil specifically so the skin sticks to the foil and the salmon steak slides right off the skin.
The measurements for the pasta and veggies are an estimate. I had leftovers of already cooked macaroni in my refrigerator that I simply warmed up with some frozen vegetables in the microwave. This meal is incredibly easy and fast to put together. The Parmesan is a must with the pasta and veggies, really adding a punch of flavor. Be sure not to under-season the salmon before baking. You need that seasoning to enhance the flavor of the fish.
~Ingredients to nourish the body put together in ways to nourish the soul to share with family and friends to nourish the heart~