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Easy Pasta Recipes: Smoked Salmon & Fresh Cream

Updated on September 07, 2016
Pasta with Salmon
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I think pasta is one of the most delicious things on our planet! It's not difficult to understand why - I'm Italian! I usually use pasta that I buy at my local supermarket, which is dried and very convenient. I love easy pasta recipes too and this is one of my favorites.

Sometimes I make my own fresh pasta, and if you're interested in learning how I do this and wondering which pasta making machine I use then here's a link.


How to Cook Perfect Pasta

I am very fussy when it comes to pasta and I always buy the best quality I can. Organic durum wheat is the one I recommend, and it's even better if it made in Italy ( well I would say that wouldn't I!)

But no matter how rushed I am for time, I never buy quick cook pasta, or any thing that boasts 'it cooks in just 5 minutes!', because it will not have a bite to it that is essential.

When you boil pasta it should have a hard core that stops it from becoming slimy and mushy. Italians call it 'al dente'. I hate overcooked pasta!

When I go to Italy, however, I marvel at just how much al dente their pasta is. My husband finds it too raw! My son loves it. They really just give the pasta a chance to soften and then remove it from the water.

Here's the way I cook it:

I bring a large pan of water to the boil, add salt, and when it's bubbling hard I carefully immerse the pasta into the bubbles, I use a long fork to separate it and swirl it around a bit till it starts to soften. I reduce the heat a bit to stop the water from boiling over. I wait for about 5 minutes and then start to do taste tests. As soon as I can bite into it and it feels a bit floppy, I drain the pasta, add the sauce and serve. The smell and the colour changes a bit too. I never leave it standing because it will overcook and get soggy.


Salmon recipe

Here's the Salmon recipe I promised! This recipe is a very simple but absolutely delicious way of preparing a quick and inexpensive meal for the family.

We love smoked salmon, and if you ask at the fish counter in your supermarket, they will sell you off cuts, which are much cheaper. But for this simple recipe you can substitute the salmon with cooked ham or bacon if you wish.

I learned this dish last year in Italy. My friend cooked for about 10 people in about 15 minutes and all she needed was pasta, cubes of ham and some single cream. She served it with a huge salad and bread, and everyone was very happy. I was so impressed! Cooking for large numbers is hard enough, but if they're Italian, then that's very scary! Also, she hadn't even planned this particular dinner party!! Superwoman or what!

I hope you enjoy this recipe from Italy.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • I clove of fresh garlic
  • I medium onion
  • 200 grams flaked smoked salmon ( cooked ham or bacon pieces)
  • 1/4 pint of fresh single (runny) cream. This can be substituted for the top of the milk.
  • I packet of pasta (any shape you like) or spaghetti
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of water, add salt and pasta and cook the pasta as instructed on the packet
  2. While the pasta is cooking, finely chop the garlic & onion and fry in oil of your choice until golden brown
  3. Once cooked drain the pasta and put into a serving dish. Keep a little water ( about 3 tablespoons)
  4. Add the cream to the cooked onions and mix into the pasta.
  5. Add the salmon and mix thoroughly but gently -try not to break up the salmon too much.
  6. If the pasta looks a bit dry add the water you saved
  7. Season to taste - not too much salt if you're using salmon or bacon.
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If you're interested in Italian cooking then you must like garlic, here's an article I wrote about the Health Benefits of Garlic.

Do you think you'll try this recipe? Don't forget you can substitute the salmon for bacon or ham and it's just as delicious -the kids will love it. Please leave a message. Thanks for your visit.

© 2014 Giovanna Sanguinetti

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 19 months ago from London UK

      Italians are experts! I'm just back from a holiday 'home' and last night I had a wonderful meal - Pansotti (they're huge ravioli made with spinach ans ricotta cheese) with walnut sauce -wow!! Thanks for your visit.

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      stella vadakin 19 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Great Hub, and yes you are Italian. You cook your pasta the same way I do, and it has to be from Italy, the others are not made right. I taste test to see when it is cooked.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      It is! Thanks for your visit.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Give it a go - it's really delicious. Thanks for your visit.

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      Samantha Devereux 2 years ago from Columbia Mo

      That looks amazing!

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      Hajer 2 years ago from Tunisia

      Hmm looks yummy! and easy ^_^

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      ComfortsOfHome 2 years ago

      What a wonderful, easy, elegant summer dish - with a big fresh green salad, and perhaps an icy fruit sherbet to follow, that's a feast indeed. I love smoked salmon so will most certainly be trying this recipe.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      @GrammieOlivia: It truly is delicious! Enjoy it. Thanks for your visit.

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      GrammieOlivia 2 years ago

      Pasta is one of my favorite foods too! This looks delicious!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      @georgepmoola2: I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Let me know. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      georgepmoola2 2 years ago

      This looks dead scrummy, as well as being a very easy dish to make.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      @bpratt lm: I'll bet fried tofu with herbs and garlic would taste very nice indeed, and cream of coconut instead of cream. Is that vegan? Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      bpratt lm 2 years ago

      I love pasta and this looks fantastic! I will have to figure out how to veganize it ;)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      @Arachnea: Mmmmmmm!

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      This looks delish.

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