Sunday, 14 October 2007

Rotini with Salmon, Mushrooms & Broccoli in Cream Sauce

Salmon trout would have been more local, but salmon was what was on sale, I confess. Yes, I can be cheap. *snicker* This was made with leftovers, since it was a very large piece of salmon, but if you wanted to use uncooked salmon, I would suggest that you cut it up and sauté it with the mushrooms. You might want a touch more butter or oil in that case.

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2 -3 servings
20 minutes prep time
Rotini with Salmon Mushroom and Broccoli in Cream Sauce250 grams rotini
1 head broccoli without the stem

2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
pinch salt
2 cup rich milk or light cream

4 cups prepared mixed mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup mixed minced fresh herbs, such as chives, parsley, basil or dill - I used chives and basil
300 to 400 grams cooked salmon
salt and pepper

Prepare the vegetables; wash and cut the broccoli into florets, and clean and cut the mushrooms in halves or quarters depending on size.

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil, and cook the pasta in it until tender. Three or four minutes before it is done, add the broccoli pieces so they will be done at the same time.

Meanwhile, make the cream sauce, in a fairly large pot. Cook the butter and flour together stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Slowly mix in the milk or cream, again stirring constantly, until thickened. Set it aside.

Sauté the mushrooms in the remaining butter. When they are softened and slightly browned, mix in the minced herbs and the salmon, broken up. When hot through, mix with the cream sauce.

Mix the sauce into the cooked, drained hot pasta. Season with salt and pepper.

I kept the seasonings fairly simple, because I had baked my salmon with a layer of spices, including sumac and thyme. You may wish to add more seasonings if starting with plain salmon. Also, if starting with raw salmon, chop it and add it to the mushrooms shortly after they go into the pan.


Peter M said...

Good show Ferdzy...a warming pasta for these cool nights

Unknown said...

This pasta sounds pretty tasty. You just cannot go wrong with salmon.

Ruth Daniels said...

It DOES sound wonderful. I'm calmer just reading it. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.