PREPARE the pesto. COOK the pasta (see How to cook pasta) and add the asparagus and red pepper to the pot for the final 8 minutes of cooking. ADD the salmon to the pot for the final 3 minutes of cooking. DRAIN the cooked pasta, salmon and vegetables into a colander. PUT the pesto in the bottom of the pot and top with the hot pasta, salmon and vegetables. TOSS together gently to combine well and heat through.
Variations: Bite-sized pieces of uncooked skinless chicken breast fillets also taste great with this pestosimply allow an extra couple of minutes poaching time (chicken will take around 8 minutes to cook depending on the size of the pieces). Or, use large peeled uncooked shrimp (prawns) which will take about 4 minutes to poach.
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