Fettuccine Alfredo with Salmon & Peas is a bit of a twist on the classic. Alfredo is a dish that is made very differently depending on who is cooking. Many cooks, and cookbook recipes like to use heavy cream to make an Alfredo sauce.
A Little History on Alfredo
The recipe Fettuccine Alfredo was originally created for a chef, Alfredo di Lelio, for his pregnant wife, Inez, who was suffering from nausea. She was having trouble keeping anything down until Alfredo created this dish. The story even involves some movie stars. Read about it here: The Origins of Fettuccine Alfredo. You can also read the story in the comment below this post, by Alfredo di Lelio's granddaughter, Inez!
You Don't Need Cream For Creamy Alfredo
Heavy cream, plus butter is a wonderful decadence that I like to save for great restaurant meals. The cream version of Fettuccine Alfredo, too me, is something I want on a winter evening,. Stepping out of the cold and into a beautiful, softly lit, Italian restaurant
.With husband in tow, it's the first stop on a date night. And there's a waiter standing at attention with a giant pepper grinder. And I would be wearing the most amazing shoes, whilst perusing the dessert menu for what comes next.
Coming back to reality, it's summertime. And there is what seems to be an endless bounty of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Both from my own garden and beyond. I have, at the moment, some wild sockeye salmon, as well as a garden bursting with fresh peas, and dill. So my Fettuccine Alfredo with Salmon and Peas is going to showcase the seasonal freshness of those ingredients, instead of overpowering them with a heavy cream sauce.
Easy and Elegant
This is a simple, easy, and elegant recipe that takes hardly any time to put together, but tastes like you worked hard. The salmon grills in the time it takes for the pasta to cook, and for you to shell the peas. (But you can use frozen peas, too)
Just a note: Be sure not to forget, before draining your pasta, to scoop out a two-cup measure of the pasta water. It's a key ingredient for this dish.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Salmon & Summer Peas
- 1 lb dried fettuccine noodles
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 10 oz salmon fillet
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 lemon
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
- ½ cup peas
- Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
- Oil grill and heat to 350°
- Season salmon fillet with salt and pepper.
- Zest lemon over the fillet, then slice the lemon and arrange lemon slices over the fillet.
- Grill salmon, skin side down, 20 minutes or until flesh is opaque and can be flaked with a fork. Briefly turn the fillet over, flesh side down, so that the salmon and lemons get a quick sear, about 1 minute.
- Remove salmon to a plate. Remove and discard skin and break salmon up into large chunks.
- Add fettuccine noodles and salt to boiling water, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.
- Scoop out 2 cups of the pasta water and reserve.
- Drain pasta and quickly return to the pot over low heat, along with butter and cheese, and toss until butter is melted.
- Add pasta water a little at a time, tossing, until a creamy sauce is formed and is the consistency that you like.
- Remove from heat, add salmon and peas and toss, adding more pasta water to thin the sauce if desired.
- Serve immediately, sprinkled with fresh dill and with the grilled lemon slices for garnish.