Fettuccine with salmon polpette, tomatoes and olives

Fettuccine with salmon polpette, tomatoes and olives

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  • 0:20 Prep
  • 0:20 Cook
  • 4 Servings
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Polpette are Italian-style meatballs traditionally served with salad. We’ve used salmon for the polpette and served them with pasta for a twist.

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  • 450g piece salmon, filleted, cut into 4cm pieces
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 lemons, zested, one half juiced
  • 1 egg
  • 150g fresh ricotta (see note)
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large bulb fennel, trimmed, thinly sliced, fronds reserved
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced italian twist
  • 200g grape tomatoes, halved
  • 250g fettuccine
  • 120g (3/4 cup) pitted kalamata olives, torn in half


  • Step 1
    To make polpette, process fish in a food processor almost to a paste. Transfer to a bowl and combine with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons coriander, zest and juice, egg and ricotta. Using damp hands, roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Makes 20.
  • Step 2
    Heat 60ml (1/4 cup) oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add fennel and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add tomatoes and cook for a further 3 minutes or until tomatoes soften.
  • Step 3
    Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain.
  • Step 4
    Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a separate large frying pan over medium heat. Add polpette and cook, turning, for 5 minutes or until lightly browned and slightly pink in the centre.
  • Step 5
    Return pan with vegetable mixture to medium heat, add pasta and olives, and cook, tossing, for 5 minutes or until warmed through. Season with pepper.
  • Step 6
    Divide pasta mixture among bowls, top with salmon polpette and scatter with remaining coriander and the reserved fennel fronds to serve. Fresh ricotta, available from the deli section of supermarkets, is drier and firmer, and tastes creamier than ricotta packaged in tubs. Rigate, meaning ‘striped’ in Italian, refers to the ridged surface of the pasta, which allows the sauce to coat more easily. We used the Barilla brand from supermarkets.

  • Low carb
  • Low sugar


  • 3311 kj


  • 46g

    Fat Total

  • 10g

    Saturated Fat

  • 6g


  • 41g


  • 143mg


  • 618.31mg


  • 6g

    Carbs (sugar)

  • 51g

    Carbs (total)

All nutrition values are per serve
  • Author: Sophia Young
  • Image credit: Brett Stevens
  • Publication: MasterChef

Source: taste.com.au


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