creamy salmon penne

Creamy salmon penne
Creamy salmon penne

Spring is in the air (finally!) and I’ve been feeling in the mood for some lovely fresh, zingy food. This creamy salmon pasta dish is perfect for seeing in the new season. Actually, if I’m honest, I can’t resist it at any time of year, so it’s become a bit of a staple in our household. It’s simple and delicious, and the best part is you can throw it together in about twenty minutes. Like many of the other recipes you’ll find here, this is based on a dish I first tried in Italy – in this case, penne al salmone. (Note to self: must curb my pasta-junkie tendencies and spend more time investigating the culinary merits of other types of cuisine!)

The main ingredients – salmon, cream and penne – are true to the traditional recipe, although in Italy smoked salmon is often used rather than hot smoked or poached salmon. The salmon in my version is pre-cooked, which is maybe cheating a bit, but also super time-saving. I have to admit, I often take it one step further and buy salmon cooked with lemon and parsley, meaning I can strike lemon and parsley off my ingredients list. My hubby came up with the idea to throw in some capers and now we always add them. The slight saltiness they bring to the dish goes really well with the smokey, delicate salmon and the freshness of the lemon. Give this one a go and you too might find yourself coming back to it again and again.

Creamy salmon penne
Creamy salmon penne

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Creamy salmon penne
Instructions
  1. Bring a medium-sized saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the penne and simmer for the amount of time indicated on the packet (usually 10-12 minutes).
  2. Once the pasta is simmering, remove the skin from the salmon fillets and grate the lemon zest.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Once the oil is hot, flake the salmon into the frying pan. Heat for 1-2 minutes.
    Creamy salmon penne
  4. Add the wine, increase the heat to high and bring to the boil. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the capers, lemon zest and cream, bring the mixture back up to the boil and turn out the heat.
    Creamy salmon penne
  6. Add the drained pasta and parsley and season with black pepper. Stir until all of the ingredients are combined.
    Creamy salmon penne
  7. Spoon the pasta onto plates and sprinkle over the Parmesan/Grana Padano shavings.
Recipe Notes

My one-year-old is a big fan of this dish. If you're catering for little ones and not keen on adding wine, you can omit the step where you add the wine and up the quantity of cream by about 50 ml for 2 servings.

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