Take a Trip to Italy with this delicious dish made with HemisFares Bucatini-
This is a sponsored post for HemisFares™ brand that is available exclusively at Kroger family of stores. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.
Have you ever wondered how sad life would be without pasta? It’s almost heartbreaking to think about it…sigh.
Luckily we don’t have that problem. In fact, we have some of the best pasta in the world to choose from right here in the United States! My friends at Kroger have developed their own HemisFares line of products which includes a selection of regional Italian Pasta as well as other Italian Specialties.
- FIND NO. 4 – HemisFares Tagliatelle di Campofilone
- FIND NO. 5 – HemisFares Fusilli Bucati Lunghi
- FIND NO. 9 – HemisFares Orechiette
- FIND NO. 22 – HemisFares Lumaconi
- FIND NO. 39 – HemisFares Bucatini
- FIND NO. 40 – HemisFares Gemelli
I can’t wait to try them all, but for this dish I choose Bucatini. Bucatini is a slow-dried, thick and hollow pasta that is from the Lazio Region of Italy and is a favorite pasta of Rome.
HemisFares Pasta is crafted using authentic Italian techniques. It’s dried and slowly pressed through a bronze mold, giving the pasta rough edges that allow the sauce to cling to each bite. This careful attention to detail helps preserve the natural nutritional quality of the wheat and the authentic flavor. Click on the link and use their store locator to find a Kroger near you.
Today we are making Bucatini with Blackened Salmon, Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes in a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce. Let’s begin by gathering our ingredients aka Mise en Place.
Although the dish looks complicated it only has a few components you need to get ready. Lightly cook the asparagus, start the cream sauce reduction, blacken the salmon and cook the pasta. If you have a nice serving bowl it makes a great presentation.
If not, you can serve out the portions in your pasta bowls or dinner plates.
Serve up your pasta with extra Romano and Gorgonzola Cheese and fresh ground black pepper. Can I tell you that is dish was ah-mazingly delicious? In fact, even reheated the second day it was still better than most of the pasta dishes you’ll order at your favorite Italian restaurant. And at a fraction of the price!
When you're thinking pasta for dinner, think about my easy to make and oh so delicious Bucatini with blackened salmon, asparagus, tomatoes and a light gorgonzola cream sauce!
- 12 ounces salmon filets Skin removed. Pacific Salmon is preferred
- 1 pound HemisFares Bucatini
- 1 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
- 1.5 cups asparagus spear tips and 2 inches below. About 4 inches in total.
- 2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup chicken stock Or vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese crumbles additional if needed
- 1/2 cup Romano Cheese additional if needed
- 2 tablespoons blackening seasoning Your favorite brand of cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon basil or Italian parsley finely chopped
- extra Gorgozola and Romano cheese for serving
- fresh ground pepper for serving
Cook pasta per instruction on bag
Place the asparagus in saute pan and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and allow to boil for one minute. Drain and cool asparagus spears. Cut spears in half and keep on the side until needed.
- In a saute pan add cream and chicken stock and allow to reduce over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes.
Add Gorgonzola, Romano cheese and spices and reduce heat to low and allow mix well with a wire whip.
As the sauce begins to thicken move the pan off the heat.
coat top side of salmon in blackening seasonings.
place into heated cast iron skillet very lightly oiled saute pan. Cook on each side for 2 minutes. Make sure the fan is on over the stove!!
**Alternate method: Salmon can be cooked in 400-degree oven for 12 minutes. After coating the salmon lightly spray using a vegetable pan spray. This is only needed for the oven method.
Place salmon to the side until needed.
Add grape tomato halves and asparagus into sauce and bring sauce back to a boil.
Toss bucatini with Gorgonzola sauce
Break salmon by hand into small pieces and carefully add into the prepared pasta.
Garnish with chopped basil and serve. Have fresh ground black pepper, Romano and Gorgonzola cheese to add to the pasta.