Salmon & Asparagus Pesto Penne



2 x 95g cans Safcol Premium Salmon with Lemon & Pepper 3 cups penne pasta Pesto 1/2 cup (100 g pkt) toasted almond slithers 1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped 2 bunches asparagus 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup parsley leaves 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup grated parmesan
Step 1 - Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente or as per packet directions. Drain and set aside. Step 2 - Trim 2–3 cm from the asparagus stems to remove the ‘woody’ part. Cook asparagus in boiling water for about 2 minutes, until tender. Step 3 - Drain and place in a bowl of cool water to refresh the asparagus. This ensures it retains its bright green colour. When cool remove from the water, pat dry and chop into bite-sized pieces. Step 4 - Open the cans of salmon and drain. Step 5 - To make the pesto, blend the almonds in a food processor and, in this order, add the garlic, 3/4 of the asparagus, lemon juice, parsley, oil and parmesan. Blend until a paste is formed. Step 6 - In a large mixing bowl toss together salmon, 1/2 a cup of the pesto, cooked pasta and the remaining cooked asparagus pieces. Step 7 - Divide between two serving bowls and serve as a warm main course or as a cold salad.

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