Leek & mackerel penne bake

Leek & mackerel penne bake

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

This is a super-fast, filling meal for busy midweek winter nights - it's great with smoked haddock too

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
925
protein
35g
carbs
84g
fat
52g
saturates
20g
fibre
5g
sugar
8g
salt
2.72g

Ingredients

  • 2 leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced
  • knob of butter
  • 175g penne
  • 200ml pot reduced-fat crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 2 small smoked mackerel fillets, skinned and flesh flaked into large chunks
  • 25g breadcrumbs

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Method

Fry the leeks in the butter until very soft, about 10-15 mins. Meanwhile, boil the pasta and heat the grill. When the leeks are soft, stir in the crème fraîche, capers and fish. Heat through for 1 min. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce, season to taste, then tip everything into a small baking dish. Scatter with the crumbs and grill until golden and crisp.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2009

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ross2606's picture
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Very good, added sweetcorn and peas!

ehb102's picture

I used green peppercorns instead of capers. It was an honest mistake, but it tasted awfully good.

little_bear's picture

Love this recipe! Its so quick and easy. I added a tin of sweetcorn to get some more veg into it and also adds a bit of colour (I would image pepper would work really well too). I also added some cheese to the breadcrumbs on the top. I'm making it again for dinner tonight - can't wait!

martinso's picture
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A firm favourite in our house. Simple, easy and tasty.

minomac72's picture
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Very tasty and simple to make.

sashaknits's picture
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This recipe was a wonderful winter warmer on a freezing cold night, and so simple too! I omitted the capers because I don't like them and the fish is salty enough anyway. I bought peppered mackerel fillets which added some lovely extra warmth to the dish. Also added a dash of lemon juice which was lovely.

My boyfriend absolutely loved this and has requested we have it again very soon! We both had a lovely portion and there's enough left for him to take to work for lunch tomorrow with a slice of bread.

dorothyd's picture
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\\\\\ok as a quick meal, but mackerel overpowering, didn't have capers, so subsituted with sun dried tomatoes, which did not work.

dorothyd's picture
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\\\\\ok as a quick meal, but mackerel overpowering, didn't have capers, so subsituted with sun dried tomatoes, which did not work.

leterroir's picture
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Good easy to make recipe. The kind with endless variations. I didn't have any cream so I made a rather thin (bechamel) white sauce - it worked well. I used quite a bit more leeks than stated and mixed some breadcrumbs with grated cheddar and parmesan, it was good too!

mcsquee's picture
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excellent! now a weekly dinner!

DurrantBun's picture
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Thought this was really lovely, I thought the idea of plain breadcrumbs on top seemed a bit weird so I added some parmesan

zempants's picture
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Lovely, added a large dollop of horseradish sauce, which added a good extra flavour.

meyers's picture
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This is a firm favourite in our house and tastes wonderful. I wouldn't omit anything from the recipe, it's lovely. I was a bit reticent to begin with because like some of the other comments say, 'it doesn't look like it should work,' but it does. Get involved and give it a go you'll not be disappointed.

funkasaurus's picture
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Cheap, quick, easy and very tasty!

karenbuk's picture
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Very quick and easy to make, with tasty results. Didn't have any capers so added some chopped black olives and mixed some cheddar with the bread crumbs. Very nice! Will definitely make again.

lurvlyloz's picture
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after looking at the ocmments, added some peas, sweetcorn and red pepper to up the veg content and make it look more apealling. REALLY tasty and made loads for the freezer. will definately be making again as so cheap and quick.

melaniejb1's picture
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A new midweek favourite! :)

I just used cheese instead of breadcrumbs!

classyladykent's picture
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This was gorgeous, and will definately be making again..

irritable's picture
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Followed most of the suggestions to the recipe which I think could be essential for colour and interest. Used peppered mackerel, and added red pepper and a few button mushrooms. Also used cheese instead of breadcrumbs. I didn't use any seasoning (not needed with capers plus peppered mackerel) and served with frozen peas (although it would work just as well with a green salad). Extremely good and simple. I may try a few cherry tomatoes next time (definitely good enough to do again) and maybe some broken crisps along with the cheese on top, to give it a bit more of a crunch.

cockneycowboy's picture
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used bacon instead of fish,cheese instead of b/crumb,handfull of peas and chopped mushrooms,45mins cooked,eaten,washed-up brilliant mid-wk special, quick, very tasty, will be a regular!

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