Trout Broccoli Gremolata Pasta Bake

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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.

8 thoughts on “Trout Broccoli Gremolata Pasta Bake

  1. The-FoodTrotter says:

    Your blog is lovely and I love this recipe to be honest! The trout combined with pasta and gremolata is very original! It’s a perfect one pot dish for the whole family :)

  2. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    You’re right… I don’t think I’ve ever had trout with pasta before. How can this be?! I mean, I love pasta and I love trout. Why have I not had them together before!??!?! Clearly you are a genius! And I’m glad we are friends, because I’m LOVING this dish! Gremolata is one of my favorite accoutrements in the spring and summer, so heck yes to using it here! Looks amazing, buddy! Cheers!
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  3. Marissa says:

    I love gremolata, especially for rich flavorful dishes like this – just that little bit of fresh zing totally makes the dish. You’re right about trout (rhyme not intended haha), it’s not something you see often. But it’s underappreciated and this looks fantastic.
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  4. David @ Spiced says:

    Great name, Ben! Gremolata is one of those words that’s just not used often enough. And great use of it in this recipe. I agree that trout is totally underappreciated when it comes to not only pasta, but I’d argue all recipes in general. I can probably find trout in our area, but I gotta say that salmon or tuna is much easier to find. I should look in the store to see if I can get trout! And I hear ya on the cheese vs bread crumbs thing. But I’m not a huge fan of cheese + seafood (usually…there are exceptions to that rule), so I’d probably stick with bread crumbs or something like this gremolata next time. Looks delicious, my friend!
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