Vesuvio pasta, named after a still-active volcano in Napoli, has a unique shape that somewhat resembles a seashell or plume of smoke. The pasta in this dish is handmade by Storico Fresco, a small-batch pasta maker in Atlanta, Georgia. Salmon filets from Wild Salmon Co. add a bold, smoky flavor to the dish, complementing the pleasant bitter notes from the turnips and their greens.
Place a medium saucepan over high heat. Fill half full with about 6 cups water and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
MISE EN PLACE
• Peel and mince garlic.
• Halve or quarter turnips.
• Finely chop greens stems. Thinly slice leaves.
• Zest, halve and juice lemon.
• Flake or chop salmon.
• When water boils, add pasta. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender but not mushy, about 9 minutes.
• Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Drain pasta.
Place a skillet over low heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook, stirring, until garlic is fragrant, 30-60 seconds.
Add turnips, stems, greens and 2 tablespoons water. Increase heat to medium. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until turnips are tender, 7-9 minutes.
Add salmon to skillet.
Toss in pasta and cooking water.
Add half of lemon zest and half of juice. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired with kosher salt, black pepper and remaining lemon.
Serve pasta in shallow bowls, and enjoy!
An Atlanta native, Stella’s introduction to Georgia agriculture was through Riverview farms CSA shortly before she started her culinary career at Woodfire Grill in 2007. A year later she moved to England, where she was fascinated by neighborhood butchers who had been buying game from hunters and hanging meat from small local farms for centuries. Her work at Holeman & Finch and Farmburger connected her to Southern farmers, ranchers and cheesemakers, and she worked to incorporate their products into menus. She remains an advocate for local agriculture and is passionate about making their delicious products approachable for home cooks. When she is not in the kitchen she can be found managing Poncey Highland Community Garden, a nascent permaculture garden in Atlanta.Learn More...