Flaked king salmon and fresh cavatelli with arugula-pistachio pesto

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Flaked king salmon and fresh cavatelli with arugula-pistachio pesto


2 Servings, 780 Calories/Serving

20–35 Minutes

From the fresh cavatelli and rich king salmon to our house-made arugula-pistachio pesto, this elegant pasta bowl is packed with real food and unreal flavor. 

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
Sunbasket is proud to source the organic ingredients indicated below. On the rare occasion we are unable to meet our organic promise, we'll put a note in your bag.
  • 7 ounces Talluto’s fresh cavatelli
  • 1 or 2 organic shallots
  • ¼ pound roasted red peppers
  • 1 organic lemon
  • Fish options:
  • 1 wild Pacific skin-on king salmon fillet (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 sustainably raised skin-on barramundi fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 2 wild Alaskan skinless halibut fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • Sunbasket harissa spice rub (granulated garlic - harissa powder - sweet smoked paprika)
  • Sunbasket arugula-pistachio pesto (extra virgin olive oil - arugula - pistachios - Parmesan - garlic - honey - lemon juice - kosher salt - Aleppo chile flakes)
  • 3 ounces organic baby spinach or other leafy greens

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 780, Protein: 39g (78% DV), Fiber: 5g (20% DV), Total Fat: 41g (63% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.5g, Saturated Fat: 6g (30% DV), Cholesterol: 90mg (30% DV), Sodium: 530mg (22% DV), Carbohydrates: 69g (23% DV), Total Sugars: 7g, Added Sugars: 2g (4% DV).
Contains: Milk, Eggs, Tree Nuts (pistachio), Wheat

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten. *Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans.


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use


Prep the vegetables and lemon

Bring a medium sauce pot of generously salted water to a boil for the cavatelli. Separate the cavatelli so the noodles don’t clump together during cooking. 

  • Peel and finely chop enough shallots to measure ¼ cup [½ cup].
  • Scrape off any seeds from the roasted red peppers; coarsely chop any large pieces. 
  • Zest the lemon; juice half. Cut half into wedges for garnish. [Zest and juice 1 lemon; cut 1 lemon into wedges.]


Cook the cavatelli

To the pot of boiling water, stir in the cavatelli and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain the cavatelli, reserving ⅓ cup [⅔ cup] pasta cooking water. Return the cavatelli to the pot; toss with about 1 teaspoon oil to keep the noodles from sticking. While the cavatelli is cooking, prepare the fish.


Prep and cook the fish

  • Pat the fish dry with a paper towel (if using king salmon, cut in half crosswise); season with salt and pepper and the harissa spice rub.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil until hot but not smoking. 


For salmon or barramundi:

Add the fish, skin side down, and cook until the skin is crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and cook until the flesh is opaque and flaky, 2 to 3 minutes.


For halibut:

Add the fish and cook until lightly browned on the bottom side, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and cook until the flesh is opaque and flaky, 2 to 4 minutes.


Transfer to a plate to cool slightly, then using a fork, flake the fish into bite-size pieces (discarding the salmon or barramundi skin if desired). Wipe out the pan. While the fish is cooling, finish the pasta.


Finish the pasta

In the same pan used for the fish, warm 1 to 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Stir in the shallots and roasted red peppers, season with salt and pepper, and cook until starting to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the cavatelli, arugula-pistachio pesto, lemon zest, and reserved pasta cooking water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the liquid has thickened slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. 

Working in batches if needed, stir in the spinach and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper and the lemon juice.


Transfer the cavatelli to individual bowls and top with the fish and any accumulated juices. Serve with the lemon wedges.

Kids Can!
  • Salt the water for the cavatelli.
  • Separate the cavatelli.
  • Measure the shallots 
  • Juice the lemon. 
  • Time the cooking.