Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Smoked Salmon & Creamy Spinach Pesto Pasta





We've been having salmon for more than a week now.  It was I who had the cravings so I made it a point to have salmon as a dish or part of our dish at least once  a day.  So one time during the Holy Week, I craved for salmon and a creamy pasta so I decided to make one.  

The husband is not a fan of pasta drenched in creamy white sauce, nor with pesto sauce.  I on the other hand hate anything smoked except for tinapa I guess.  So I decided to make a little compromise, I made smoked salmon so I can have a creamy spinach pesto  on my pasta.

This one is simple to prepare.  Though I prepared the smoked salmon and the pasta separately, it will only take you less than an hour to prepare and cook  this wonderful dish.



     SMOKED SALMON & CREAMY SPINACH 
          PESTO PASTA
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Ingredients: 

Smoked Salmon:

Salmon Fillet
Liquid smoke seasoning
Salt
Black Pepper powder

Creamy Spinach Pesto Pasta:

Pasta noodles, spaghetti - 100 g.
Spinach leaves, minced - 1 c
Garlic, minced - 5 cloves
Onion, minced - 1 medium
Salt to taste
Black Pepper Powder
Olive Oil - 1 tsp

White Sauce: 
Olive Oil - 3 tbsp
All Purpose Flour - 3 tbsp
Evaporated milk - 3/4 cup
Water - 1 cup
Sharp Cheddar cheese, grated - 30 g.
Parmesan Cheese - 30 g

Cooking Procedure :

Cook the pasta noodles as directed on it label.  Drain and set aside.

Smoked Salmon
1. Wash and pat dry the salmon fillet. Rub it with salt, black pepper powder, and liquid smoke seasoning.  Marinate for about 45 minutes
2.  Pan-grill the salmon on a non-stick pan.  Grill for more than 5 minutes on each side.

Creamy Spinach Pesto Pasta:
1. Place 1 tsp of olive oil and the garlic on the same pan where you grill the salmon.  Heat it and saute until aromatic.  Toss in the onions, then stir.
2.  Throw in the spinach leaves, season with salt and black pepper powder. Simmer for about 5 minutes.  Add a little amount of water.

White Sauce: 
3. On a saucepan, mix the olive oil and the all-purpose flour then heat it for about a minute.
4.  Pour the evaporated milk and water and stir until a little thick. 
5.  Pour the spinach mixture on the white sauce and blend well.  
6.  Add in the cheeses and continue mixing until the sauce thickens. 
7. Toss in the pasta and transfer it on a plate.

Top the pasta with the salmon and serve





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