Thursday, January 24, 2008

Smoked Salmon Penne with Asparagus

I was looking through a decorating magazine and came across this recipe by Michael Smith. I just love how he throws ingredients together and always seems to make a yummy dish. I made some changes based on what I had in the fridge so here goes. I'm not a salmon fan but hubby is and he really liked how this came together...

Smoked Salmon Penne with Asparagus


500 g vegetable penne
1 bunch of asparagus, chopped
125 g (1/2 cup) cream cheese, softened
4 green onions, chopped
1 lemon, juiced and zested
½ tbsp of Dijon mustard
2 tbsp of capers
8 ounces of smoked salmon
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ bunch of fresh dill, chopped


Bring a large post of salted water to a boil. Add pasta. Cook to al dente (8-10 minutes). After 6-8 minutes add the asparagus to the pasta and continue to cook until pasta is ready.

Line bowls with smoked salmon.

Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta. Place the pasta back into the pot with ½ cup of pasta water.

Immediately add cream cheese, green onions, lemon juice, zest, mustard and capers. Toss well, melting the cheese and forming the creamy sauce. Add more pasta water if needed. Season with salt and pepper.

Place pasta on salmon bowls and top with dill. Serve immediately.



Bellini Valli said...

Michael Smith is one of my favourite Food Network stars. I love the way he puts the simplest ingredients together to make fabulous meals for his friends and family.

Maryann said...

Hi Helena! I saw you on the DB newbie list and thought I'd stop by and say hello :)

Helena said...

Hi Bellini, I have to agree with you. Michael Smith is great! Thanks so much Maryann. Looks like its going to be a fun time ahead with the DB group :)

Astra Libris said...

Such a great idea, lining the bowls with the salmon!
I just discovered your blog via DB - hooray! (I'm new to the group too... :-)

Brilynn said...

I'm a big fan of Michael Smith too, and I think he's adorable with his little son Gabe.

Welcome to the DB's!