Salmon and courgetti with watercress and dill pesto recipe

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  • Serves 2
  • 15 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 545 calories / serving
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This colourful salmon recipe is sure to brighten up dark winter nights. Using pre-prepared courgetti makes this dish super speedy to prepare, while a homemade watercress and dill pesto adds heaps of flavour. 

To make the pesto put the pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, 2 tbsp of the oil, the watercress leaves, most of the dill, vinegar, lemon zest and juice in a food processor and whizz to a paste. If the pesto is a bit thick, add a little water until you have the desired consistency. Season to taste.

Using kitchen paper, pat dry the salmon skin and season the fish. Heat a non-stick pan large enough for the 2 fillets of fish and add the remaining oil. Add the fish, skin-side down and cook for 3-4 minutes, until the skin is golden. Turn over and cook for 2 mins more, until just cooked through. Set aside to rest while you cook the courgetti pasta.

Add the courgetti to the pan with the pesto and cook on a high heat for 1-2 mins, stirring all the time, until hot through (be careful not to overcook or it will go soggy.) Tip into bowls and top with a salmon fillet and dill fronds to garnish. Serve with the lemon wedges, and some roasted cherry tomatoes, if you like.

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  • Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 x 250g packs courgetti spaghetti
  • dill fronds, to garnish
  • roasted cherry tomatoes, to serve
  • For the pesto

  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x 85g pack watercress
  • 15g (1/2 oz) dill
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, 1/2 zested and juiced, 1/2 cut into wedges
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  • Energy 2262kj 545kcal 27%
  • Fat 38.9g 56%
  • Saturates 7.8g 39%
  • Sugars 5.2g 6%
  • Salt 1g 16%

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Carbohydrate 6.2g Protein 42.3g Fibre 0.2g

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