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Seared Salmon over Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale, Garlic, and Pine Nuts

This simple Seared Salmon over Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale, Garlic, and Pine Nuts dinner is ridiculously healthy, family-friendly, and easy enough for a weeknight dinner.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 458 kcal


  • 1 lb salmon with the skin cut into 4 portions
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • ¾ lb whole wheat spaghetti
  • 4 cup kale ribs discarded and leaves chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup reserved pasta water
  • ¼ freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • ¼ cup pine nuts


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large skillet on high heat. Season the flesh side of the salmon with salt, pepper, and Old Bay. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the hot skillet, heat briefly, then add the fish skin side up. Season the skin with salt, pepper, and Old Bay. When the fish gives from the pan with a gentle nudge, flip so it is skin side down, and put the entire pan in the oven while the pasta cooks.
  • Put the pine nuts on a small bake sheet and toast in the oven ~5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the pasta to the boiling water and set timer for 1 minute under al dente. Drain reserving 1/4 cup pasta water.
  • While the pasta is cooking, put a large nonstick to heat on high. Add the kale and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, season with salt, and sauté the kale 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Add the wine and cook until liquid is almost gone.
  • Add the drained pasta and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water. Toss and cook to finish the pasta, adding more pasta water if necessary. Toss in the parmesan and a couple more good pinches salt.
  • To serve, place a mound of pasta on each of 4 plates. Top each with a piece of salmon, more grated parmesan, and toasted pine nuts.


Calories: 458kcal (23%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Keyword seared salmon, whole wheat pasta
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