Salmon Pasta with Tomato Chickpea Sauce

The amount of sauce might be more than you need. Keep in an air-tight container and chill in fridge. It can keep for a week or so.  You might omit the salmon steaks. The pasta is still very delicious if only severed with the sauce.

Makes 2 to 3 serves

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon steaks (about 300 gm)
  • 200 gm pasta (bought or homemade)
  • sweet basil for garnish
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly grated black pepper, to taste
  • fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)

Ingredients of sauce:

  • 2 cans (each 400 gm) Italian diced tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 40 gm unsalted butter
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 Tbsp fresh sweet basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp raw sugar
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 can chickpeas, optional

Method:

  1. Open the can and drain chickpeas. If it’s soaked in salted water, use hot water to rinse away the saltiness. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Heat butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cook until soft and fragrant. Be sure not to burn the garlic. It tastes bitter otherwise.
  3. Add tomatoes and increase heat to high. Bring it to a boil. Add tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper, oregano. Mix well and continue to cook until it boils again. Reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens. Toss in chickpeas. Once it boils again, turn off the heat. Mix in the basil. Set aside.
  4. Use another clean frying pan, add little oil (Note: salmon would release oil when cooked.) Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of salmon. Pan fry salmon over medium high heat until cooked to your desired doneness.
  5. Use a large pot of boiling water, add about 1 teaspoon of salt to the boiling water. When it boils again, add the pasta and cook according to the instructions of bought packet. For the fresh pasta, cook 3 to 5 minutes depending on how thick your pasta noodles are. The pasta should be cooked through but still gives a sense of firmness. Remember to test by tasting yourself.
  6. Drain out the pasta and divide on serving plates. Ladle sauce over the pasta, place salmon steak on top, season with freshly grated lemon juice. Garnish with basil. Enjoy!
Source: Salmon Pasta with Tomato Chickpea Sauce [Christine's Recipes]