20 min active20 min total3 servings

Pesto Pasta with Crispy Trout & Baby Kale

McFarland trout is exceptionally beautiful seared in a hot pan, so the skin gets extra crispy, and the flesh is fork tender. Slide it on top of a simple pasta twirled with pesto and greens.

Ingredients Included

  • Spaghetti
  • Marinated trout (see note below)
  • Pistachio pesto
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Baby kale
  • Lemon

You'll Need

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Olive oil
Allergen Note: Contains milk, eggs, fish, tree nuts, wheat.

Step 1

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add about half of the spaghetti and cook until al dente, about 9 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain the spaghetti, reserving ¼ cup of the pasta water. Drizzle the spaghetti lightly with oil and toss to prevent sticking.

Step 2

Meanwhile, remove the trout from the packaging, and season on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the trout, skin-side down, and cook until the skin is browned and crispy and the flesh is opaque halfway through, 3 to 4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet. Flip the fish to kiss the second side, 30 seconds longer. Transfer to a plate with the crispy skin facing up. Drain any excess fat from the pan.

Step 3

Return the pan to low heat and add the spaghetti, along with the reserved ¼ cup of pasta water. Add the pesto and half of the cheese and toss to coat and thicken slightly, 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the baby kale last, just until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Heap the pesto pasta into bowls and top with pieces of the crispy trout. If you have a grater, shower the whole plate with some lemon zest. Squeeze with lemon juice, grind with pepper, and serve warm.

Note:

The trout may arrive frozen for freshness. Store it in the refrigerator to defrost before cooking. If you need to defrost it same day, place it in a bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes, then drain and pat dry.
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