Broccoli & Salmon Pasta

21 Mar

Broccoli and salmon always make a lovely combination but they also make a wonderful pasta dish that is simple, tasty and quick. The smoked salmon adds bags of flavour and the broccoli gives a fresh, healthy, spring crunch to the meal.

Prep 10 min Cook 9 min Serves 2

* pasta
* 1 small shallot
* Olive oil
* Sprouting broccoli spears
* Smoked salmon
* Créme Fraîche
* Black pepper, roughly milled or cracked

Put a large pan of water on to boil for the pasta. Slice the shallot finely, slice the smoked salmon and wash the broccoli breaking or cutting it into bite size pieces. When the water is boiling add the pasta, I used spirals which take about 9 minutes to cook but you can use any variety, cover and cook until al dente. Add the broccoli to the pasta pan after 5 minutes or 4 minutes from the end of cooking time. Meanwhile heat a wide frying pan and drizzle with some olive oil, add the sliced shallot and fry until soft. Add the salmon, black pepper and 1-2 tbsp of créme fraîche to the frying pan, lower the heat and simmer gently for one or two minutes until the salmon is just warmed through.Check seasoning and turn off the heat. Toss with the pasta and broccoli and serve.

Gardeners Tip
The flower buds of any leafy brassica make a good substitute for sprouting broccoli, just don’t let the flower heads actually open, pick them while they are small tight buds and they are delicious.. Heading broccoli can be cut and left in the ground and the plant will produce small side shoots which are also a good sub for sprouting broccoli.

Cook’s Tip
You don’t need to use the expensive slices of smoked salmon for this dish in fact it is better with the packets of little oddments you can buy cheaply as they are often strong tasting and chunky..

This recipe was originally posted on on 21/3/2009.


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