This is my contribution to Express Cooking Event, organised by Mallugirl, in search for quick tasty dishes. ‘Good food takes time to cook’, says Mallugirl. True, and not true. Here is a simple but luxurious, extremely quick dish, that definitely falls into the category of good food! First of all, it’s extremely delicious, with its seductive creaminess, smokiness of the fish, garlic and lemon notes. Secondly, it’s good for you since it contains salmon, fish which is rich in omega 3! It contains cream (source of calcium), spaghetti (carbohydrate), olive oil, lemon and thyme! Yes, it is rather rich, but this is not an everyday dish anyway, but an occasional luxury. A perfect solution for special occasions when you have very very little time, like for example a visit from friends, or boyfriend! It’s a good ace to have up your sleeve!
It may seem like an expensive dish, but it doesn’t have to be, since you don’t need much salmon, because smoked salmon is very flavoursome. Also, you can use smoked salmon bits and offcuts if necessary. Smoked trout would also work well. You can play around with the herbs you use, too!
I got the recipe from an Italian friend, and adapted it slightly, by adding lemon thyme and lemon juice. As usual, my additions are in italics.
Smoked Salmon and Lemon Thyme Spaghetti
SOURCE: adapted from a recipe given by an Italian friend
PREPARATION TIME: less than 5 min! (can be done while the pasta is cooking)
COOKING TIME: 10 – 12 min
spaghetti for two ( ~ 175 g dry weight)
100 – 125 g smoked salmon
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
a few sprigs of lemon thyme (optional, regular thyme can also be used)
100 ml single cream
a squeeze of lemon juice
1. Boil the spaghetti. My packet says 10 – 12 min to cook.
2. Meanwhile, chop the salmon in strips, and chop the garlic.
3. Five minutes before the pasta is cooked, start preparing the sauce. Fry garlic and lemon thyme in olive oil for few minutes. Don’t let the garlic brown!
4. Add salmon. When it discoulours, add cream, and heat through. Add a squeeze of lemon juice.
5. Tip the spaghetti into the sauce and mix. Serve, and garnish with lemon thyme if you wish. Add more lemon if you like.
Delicious, quick and easy! See above for more info!
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