Some days I just want to be able to throw something together for dinner quickly. Pasta is usually the answer! In this case, I just happened to buy some smoked salmon at Costco to use in salad and I still had some left.
Voila ! Smoked Salmon Carbonara. Bonus – no creams, just fresh eggs and Parmesan for the sauce. Read the recipe carefully, as you don’t want to overcook the eggs and Parmesan. The pasta MUST be a little cool to avoid scrambling the eggs!!! It looked and tasted great. You can skip the capers if it’s not something you like.
NOTE – Capers are immature flower buds from the Capparis spinosa (aka the “caper bush”), which grow all over the Mediterranean, just like olives do. Caper buds are picked before they can bloom into flowers. They are not a fish as some people mistakenly assume, but can be a little salty. Great on pizza, too.
Smoked Salmon Carbonara
- 14.1 oz (400g) linguine pasta, or similar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 5.2 oz (150g) smoked salmon, sliced thinly
- 1 small bunch fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp. of capers (optional)
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the linguine or long pasta shape of your choice. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions until al dente.
2. Meanwhile, cut the smoked salmon into thin strips and finely chop some fresh parsley (this is optional).
3. Next, add the eggs to a bowl and whisk together, add the grated parmesan and a good pinch of salt and pepper, stir to combine.
4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it back into the pot you cooked it in. Sprinkle over the strips of salmon then add the whisked eggs and parmesan mixture, immediately stir the pasta to coat it evenly in egg and to distribute the salmon throughout the pasta evenly.
5. Tip: wait exactly 1 minute before pouring over the egg mixture. If the pasta is too hot the eggs will scramble but if it’s too cool the eggs will remain raw.
6. The pasta should be creamy and evenly coated in sauce. Divide the smoked salmon pasta between bowls and top with a scattering of chopped parsley and an extra grinding of pepper, serve.
I’ve seen and made many pasta carbonara recipes in my time and I find that using 1 egg less as many servings works best. Does that make sense? For four servings I use 400g/14oz of pasta (100g per portion) and 3 eggs.
Good use of leftover pork loin roast!
Sesame Noodles with Pork by Stacey Snacks
- 1/2 box linguine (8 oz.)
- leftover cooked pork tenderloin (I used half a tenderloin, about 1/2 lb.), shredded
- handful of cilantro
- 1 carrot, cut into ribbons w/ a vegetable peeler
- handful of chopped scallion or chives
- sesame seeds
- canola oil for the frying pan
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp or squirt of Sriracha sauce (or hot chili sauce)
In a large heavy skillet, heat the canola oil and cook your garlic only 2 minutes until fragrant and transfer to a bowl.
Add the rest of the sauce ingredients to the garlic and whisk together. Set aside.
Cook your pasta and drain. Add the pasta back into the skillet (you may need to add some more canola oil) and toss around with tongs.
Add the leftover pork and pour the sauce over the noodles and pork to combine, tossing to heat thru.
Empty the contents into a big bowl and add the carrots, cilantro, green onions and sesame seeds and mix together. You can refrigerate and serve cold, but we liked it warm like Lo Mein noodles.
Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, & Brie
Searching for a pasta dish to use up the rest of my roasted peppers…I came across this one which turned out to be a one pot dinner! Eureka. I hate dishes…LOL. The original concept for the one pot pasta came from Martha Stewart. The recipe I adapted was from www.thekitchn.com With supervision this would be a good recipe for young cooks!
As always, my changes or substitutions are in red.
Serves 2 as large entree, or 4 as first course
12 ounces linguine, broken in half
1 cup packed basil leaves I used arugula…
1 cup coarsely chopped roasted red peppers buy a jar if you are in a hurry
1/2 cup sliced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes mine turned out to be a jar of sun-dried tomato pesto
3-4 large garlic cloves, pressed
4 1/2 cups water or less
1 small can of green peas
2 tablespoons oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes (or regular olive oil)
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
Pinch red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 ounces brie cheese, rind removed and torn into pieces I substituted cubes of feta
Grated Parmesan, for serving
Good quality olive oil, for serving
- Combine linguine, basil, roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic in a 3-quart straight-sided skillet. Add the water, olive oil, salt, red pepper flakes, and a generous amount of black pepper and bring to a full rolling boil over high heat. Using tongs, stir and turn the pasta frequently to prevent sticking. Cook until al dente, approximately 9 to 10 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat. (If there is still a little bit of cooking water pour some, but not all, into a separate bowl.)
Add the brie and toss with tongs until creamy and melted. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. The sauce will naturally thicken up after a couple of minutes. Serve with grated Parmesan and a swirl of good olive oil. (If the pasta does seem to need liquid, add back a few splashes of reserved cooking liquid.)
NOTE: You can use almost any vegetables you like…
Always great to have dinner with longtime friends. Made even better by this great tasting dish! Know you will enjoy it. Test out some of the optional ingredients at the end…
Shrimp and Artichoke Linguini a la Chuck
This recipe is great for pasta and shrimp. I think I might even try the sauce over cooked chicken, served with rice!
500 grams linguini pasta
2 T olive oil
1 large onion chopped
4 cloves garlic crushed
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 can artichoke hearts
½ cup white wine
4 T lemon juice
4 tsp. lemon zest
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
½ cup chicken stock
4 T fresh chopped parsley
Optionals: 1 T capers and/or ¼ cup diced red peppers and/or 1 T Dijon mustard and/or crushed red pepper flakes
1. Cook pasta in boiling water.
2. Sauté onion and garlic (and red pepper) in oil for about 5 minutes while pasta is cooking. Remove to a bowl.
3. Add shrimp to drippings and cook for about 3 minutes. Stir in artichoke hearts, wine, lemon juice, zest, salt, pepper and cooked onion and garlic. Heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to simmer, cover for 4 minutes.
4. Thicken with cornstarch.
5. Toss with pasta and parsley. Serve immediately.