Smoky Salmon Casserole

This baked salmon dish is dressed up with artichoke hearts and Gouda cheese, making it sophisticated enough for a dinner party.



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Ingredients
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    8   ounces 
    dried bow tie pasta or penne (3-1/2 cups)
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    1   cup 
    chopped red sweet pepper
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    1/2  cup 
    chopped green onion
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    2   tablespoons 
    butter
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    2   tablespoons 
    all-purpose flour
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    ground black pepper
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    2 1/2  cups 
    milk
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    6   ounces 
    smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    finely shredded lemon peel
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    1   tablespoon 
    lemon juice
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    1  4 1/2 ounce package 
    smoked salmon, flaked with skin and bones removed
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    1  14  ounce can 
    artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
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    1   cup 
    soft bread crumbs or panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
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    1/4  cup 
    pine nuts
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    Freshly ground black pepper

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2.
In a large skillet cook red sweet pepper and green onion in hot butter 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in cheese until melted. Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice (mixture may appear curdled).
3.
In a large bowl combine pasta, cheese sauce, smoked salmon, and artichoke hearts. Transfer to a 2-quart square or rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, pine nuts, and black pepper. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through and topping is golden. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.
Make Ahead Tip
  • Prepare as directed except do not top with bread crumbs and nuts; cover. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. Top with bread crumbs and pine nuts. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until heated through and topping is golden.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 470, Fat, total (g) 19, chol. (mg) 74, sat. fat (g) 10, carb. (g) 45, fiber (g) 4, pro. (g) 30, sodium (mg) 780, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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