Pesce Italiano


A lively lemon, caper, and wine sauce sparks the flavor of the salmon and pasta in this quick dinner recipe.

Pesce Italiano
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
28 mins


  • 1 cup dried penne pasta (about 3 oz.)

  • 2 fresh salmon, tuna, or swordfish steaks, 3/4-inch thick (about 12 oz.)

  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning

  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoon prepared basil pesto

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoon drained capers

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. In a large saucepan cook the pasta in lightly salted boiling water for 4 minutes; drain and set aside. (Pasta will not be tender.)

  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle both sides of the fish steaks with the Creole seasoning; set aside. (If using a salt-free Creole seasoning, sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon salt.) In a medium bowl combine the partially cooked pasta, mushrooms, wine, pesto, lemon juice, and capers; set aside.

  3. In a large skillet cook the fish steaks in the hot oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute; turn and cook 1 minute more. Reduce heat to medium. Spoon the pasta mixture around the tuna steaks in the skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, over medium heat for 6 to 9 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

627 Calories
30g Fat
36g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 627
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 352mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 4.1mg 21%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 991mg 21%
Folate, total 84.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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