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giada chooses al dente!

November 9, 2009
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photoI have no voice left after this weekend in D.C where Dennis and I talked pasta with  hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of food enthusiasts for 2 days straight. Supposedly 17,000 attended the Metropolitan Food and Entertainment show. It was a blast! The highlight was when Giada De Laurentis’s super charming husband, Todd, stopped by our booth with the producer of  The Today Show to let us know that they would be featuring Al Dente Pasta on Tuesday November 10th. Wildly exciting, to say the least. The fun did not stop there.  In our conversation with Todd, we discovered that his grandparents used to have a cottage on Whitmore Lake, home of Al Dente, Inc. Trust me, this is hugely coincidental considering the size of Whitmore Lake and is the kind of thing that I love. How cool would it be if Giada and Todd would come to our lake house some day and I could cook them pasta! Open invitation, that’s for sure.

Here’s the post I wrote  a few weeks that was inspired by Giada De Laurentiis. Her recipes are absolutely perfect for the home cook and that is who Al Dente Pasta is made for. My belief is that pasta can be prepared in the home just as well as in a restaurant, sometimes even better and healthier–but always less expensive.

I took Giada’s recipe for Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon and modified it to use Al Dente Whole Wheat Fettuccine. Because Al Dente Pasta cooks in just 3-4 minutes, I changed the timing to Giada’s recipe. My daughter and I LOVED the way it turned out and it is probably one of the heathiest, easiest recipes known to man, woman and child.

Monique’s version of Giada’s Whole Wheat Pasta with Lemon, Basil and Salmon

serves 4

really, really healthy ingredients

Healthy Ingredients

1/2 bag (6-8 oz) Al Dente Whole Wheat Fettuccine

1 lb. Salmon, cut into 4 even pieces (I used Norwegian)

6 oz. baby spinach

1 clove garlic, minced

3 Tbsp capers

Juice of 1/2 lemon (2 Tbsp)

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

fresh basil (if available)

3 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Step by Step Instructions

In a deep skillet or pot, set aside combination of spinach, garlic, capers, lemon juice, salt, 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil.

ingredients waiting for hot pasta
ingredients waiting for hot pasta

In the meantime, bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta.  Test after 4 minutes to check for doneness. Before draining pasta, ladle 1/2 cup of hot pasta water out of pot and add to spinach mixture. Drain pasta and add hot pasta to spinach mixture.

hot pasta water
hot pasta water
add hot water to spinach mixture
add hot water to spinach mixture
add drained pasta to spinach mixture
add drained pasta to spinach mixture

Season salmon with salt and pepper, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in skillet and cook salmon for approximately 2 minutes on each side.

cook seasoned salmon
cook seasoned salmon

One minute before salmon is cooked,  toss pasta and spinach over medium heat until and spinach is wilted and pasta is hot.

toss pasta and spinach until heated through
toss pasta and spinach until heated through
so good!
so good!

Serve salmon over the pasta and enjoy!

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