Trout & Pasta
This Trout Broccoli Gremolata Pasta Bake is a delicious and fancy twist on a good old classic.
Although this dish is utterly delicious (You have no doubts, don’t you?), the name sounds a little odd to me. That’s probably because you don’t often see a pasta recipe which calls for trout. Salmon – sure. Tuna – certainly! Sardines – quite often.
I have no idea why trout is underestimated as a good pair to pasta. It is as good as salmon. Besides, trout has slightly fewer fats still having nice flaky texture.
When I decided to make a salmon/trout pasta, I immediately thought of mac&cheese. I have made fettuccine with salmon and creamy sauce many times so I wanted something different.
However, salmon or trout mac and cheese still sounded a little simple (Although I was thinking of mingling fish with shrimp for a more sophisticated combo.)
Trout Broccoli Gremolata Pasta Bake
I needed a tiny fancy nuance.
Here we go. Gremolata. Trout Broccoli Gremolata Pasta Bake to be!
Gremolata is an easy condiment made of herbs (normally parsley), lemon zest, and garlic. Also, you can incorporate some nuts. The version you will see in this recipe isn’t the authentic one, but it’s definitely delicious.
Trout goes well with parsley, garlic, lemon, and walnuts. Thus this was deemed to be a perfect solution!
As a matter of fact, I don’t like adding bread crumbs on my baked pasta. Practically, I don’t like them at all (Yes, call me a weirdo) except perhaps a very few dishes. As for my baked pasta, I prefer to get a crust by sprinkling top with extra cheese.
However, this time I thought about something that would bring an additional texture. As you already know, that was gremolata. I cannot say that it makes a perfect crust. It has a softer interior while having those beautifully crisp and golden crumbs outside. It’s definitely a good pair to a baked pasta. Yes, this recipe calls for quite a lot of garlic, but don’t be afraid of it. The creamy sauce and trout perfectly balance the garlicky gremolata.
To sum this up, imagine pasta coated in a rich creamy herbaceous sauce, mixed with a generous amount of flaky fish and broccoli, and then topped with a nutty garlicky gremolata? I almost fainted while writing this last sentence, my friends. And you? Not yet? Let me repeat it then.
Trout Broccoli Gremolata Pasta Bake. A must try this spring.