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Pasta alla Salmone

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Serves 6

A great starter or main dish for fish lovers (and non-fish lovers!)

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  • 500g pasta, either penne or a strip variety such as linguine.
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Approx. 140g thinly sliced smoked salmon, shredded (if using preserved, this is the DRAINED WEIGHT)
  • A sprinkling of good vodka, brandy, or whisky (whichever you prefer, about 2 tbsp)
  • 400ml whipping cream (unwhipped)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Minced parsley to your taste
  • Optional: several leaves finely shredded radicchio (arugula) -- stir them in with the salmon
  • Optional: 50g Caviar, (any colour)


    1. Fill in a pot with water for the pasta and salt it. Leave it to boil.
    2. Sauté the onion in the butter (in a pan) until it wilts, then add the salmon and cook a minute or so more, stirring, until it lightens in color.
    3. Sprinkle in the liquor (vodka will add a crisper note, and brandy a slightly sweeter one), stir until it is evaporated, and stir in the cream.
    4. Heat through, check seasoning, and it’s ready; sprinkle the parsley over it at the very end, just before you use it to sauce the pasta.
    5. Add the sauce to the pasta, garnish with some parsley leaves (if possible) and leave it for 5 minutes to thicken. Serve.

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23rd Jun, 2017
I substituted Creme Fraiche for the cream as I am trying to lose weight , worked well, great recipe of my favourite when eat out at Italian. Thanks
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