Farfalle with Salmon, Leeks, and Asparagus

A couple months ago I purchased the American’s Test Kitchen 30-Minute Suppers magazine… the Summer edition. And although it’s definitely feeling like fall, with a slight chill in the air, I wanted to squeeze one more recipe out of this issue 😉 It was filled with quick and flavorful recipe ideas, such as the Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Succotash that I made back in June. I always love a good pasta-and-sauce dish plus the idea of salmon, leeks, and asparagus on the same plate will always win me over. Leeks quickly became my favorite vegetable after I had the most perfect potato and leek soup when I was in Seattle back in March! My attempt to recreate it will commence once the cold weather is here to stay 🙂


Here’s what you need (serves 4):



• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
• 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
• 2, 6-8 ounce skinless salmon fillets (or one larger fillet)
• 1 cup dry white wine
• 3/4 cup heavy cream
• 1 pound farfalle
• 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut on bias, about 1.5 inch pieces
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

And for some more photos… Sues and I both got new Canon Rebels that I’m psyyyyyyched about so please join me in a moment of silence as we view some related (and unrelated) extra images 😉



I’ve titled this one, Me. With no Eyes. It’s an original, don’t you know? 😉



My lovely roommate, Liza. Who will most likely punch me in the face while I’m sleeping when she sees that I put this photo up. Hello, Liza. xoxo!!


Paper poppy!


OK, back to the lesson at hand…

Here’s what you do:

• Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in a large pot. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add leaks and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Add wine and fish to skillet and cook, covered, until fish is just cooked through, roughly 6 minutes.



(doesn’t the salmon look like it’s jumping through the screen?! The joys of good camera technology, huh?!)

• Transfer salmon to a plate and tent with foil. With the leaks still in the skillet, add cream and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.
• Once the salmon has cooled a bit, break it into bite-size pieces, then re-cover with foil.
• Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon of salt and pasta to boiling water, cook until almost al dente, about 10 minutes. Add asparagus and continue to cook until pasta is al dente and asparagus is nice and tender, about 4 minutes. (Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water).
• Drain pasta and asparagus and add to skillet with the leek/cream sauce. Stir and add parsley, lemon juice, and reserved water as needed. Add fish and gently mix together. Season with salt and pepper.



Serve and enjoy with a glass of wine, The Jersey Shore, and a few laughs with a very hilarious roommate. Because that’s what happened. Obviously. 🙂


15 Responses to "Farfalle with Salmon, Leeks, and Asparagus"

  1. Michelle says:

    Congrats on the new camera! The photos (and the meal) look great!

  2. Naomi says:

    That looks tasty chels!

  3. This is a wonderful pasta, love the addition of leeks! Congrats on your new camera!

  4. Kayla says:

    pasta looks delish! i adore jersey shoree (::

  5. This sounds delish! Maybe your roomie won’t punch you since you made her din din??

  6. Simply Life says:

    have fun with the new camera!!! the pictures look great!

  7. Barbara says:

    The dish looks marvelous! And so do your fun photos. I’m sure your roommate will forgive you after having such a great dinner AND so much fun while eating it!

  8. kelly says:

    Nothing quite like a new camera — and great choice! I love my Canon. Yummy dish, too — especially the leeks. One of my favorite ingredients to cook with. 🙂

  9. emily says:

    any supper that can be made in 30 minutes is worth a try! i’m a huge fan of salmon, and it looks delish paired with the pasta and asparagus.

  10. Lizzy says:

    That dinner looks fantastic and has many of my favorite foods- leeks and salmon- yum! Congrats on the new camera! Love cannons!

  11. Love the photo shoot! This looks like the perfect meal for a chilly fall evening at home!

  12. emily @ the happy home says:

    ok– do you cook in fancy clothes? if so, i’m totally impressed. i have to change to my schmatas before i can even think about getting in front of the cook top!

    that looks totally yummy– i’m always hesitant about buying recipe magazines (because i’m afraid it’s going to be all 1970s-from-a-can shenanigans) but that looks awesome!

  13. Sharlene says:

    This looks beautiful! I’ve never made salmon before but I love it. I’ve always been afraid to cook fish for some reason! Bravo. And that picture of your roommate is hysterical!

  14. Kerstin says:

    Yay for new cameras 🙂 And what a flavorful meal – looks delicious!

  15. Hannah Shea says:

    I’ve made this a couple of times and it always comes out great! I add mushrooms, parsley, and a little alfredo sauce. So good!

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