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Salmon and pasta

helena1's picture

We did it again. Once again, we managed to invite people over for dinner who apparantly hardly eat a thing. It's one of MArco's coworkers and his wife, and the wife eats (and I quote) 'very little, few things, she likes salmon, spaghetti and linguine. She will eat sauce but only if it's served on the side and has no suspicious ingredients'. Heeeeellllp!! What in the world do we cook now? I'd prefer to make a linguine with a creamy sauce that includes the salmon, but of course, I have searched all the books I have and there's no such thing. Can anyone help me out please?

Jean's picture

(post #33983, reply #1 of 93)

Helene, try a google on salmon + pasta, you might find something that inspires you. Good luck.



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helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #7 of 93)

I will, I didn't think of that. I searched epicurious to no avail. Every recipe had suspicious ingredients (le sigh)

Gretchen's picture

(post #33983, reply #14 of 93)

For the pasta cream sauce (with the roast salmon menu), add a bit of gorgonzola.  Might as well have it TOTALLY off limits for the picky eaters. I would think they would be embarrassed.

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helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #29 of 93)

I thought about that, but am convinced it will scare her off. That's for when it's just Marco and I, I guess :o)

Biscuit's picture

(post #33983, reply #2 of 93)

You poor thing.  I really, truly feel bad for you. 


BTW - what is a "suspicious" ingredient? 


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MadMom's picture

(post #33983, reply #3 of 93)

A "suspicious ingredient"?  Probably anything other than salt and pepper, LOL.



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helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #9 of 93)

If I didn't have to cook, I'd laugh, LOL!

helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #8 of 93)

Hi, well, it's not all bad because I think it might turn out to be a nice evening. I just wonder how in the world we select these people ;o). Plus, I don't care for salmon, LOL!


Suspicious? I don't know for sure, but I'm betting my money on MM's interpretation ;o)

Lee's picture

(post #33983, reply #4 of 93)

Oh, boy.  I hate having to cook for picky eaters.  I make a pasta dish with diced salmon in cream sauce, but there are tomatoes in the sauce.  If she'll eat tomatoes, I'll be happy to post it.  Will she eat cheese?  You could make fettuccine alfredo and add diced salmon to cook in the sauce.  If you aren't wedded to serving a pasta dish, you could cook salmon fillets and serve buttered pasta as a side.  I sometimes serve spinach noodles tossed with butter, garlic and grated cheese with seared salmon.  Omit the garlic and pass cheese if she doesn't eat cheese.  A dish that was all the rage at trendy restaurants here at one time was simply cooked salmon with fettuccine Alfredo as a side.  The combo is rich, but very good.


Does she eat rice or any veggies?  Salad greens? 

helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #10 of 93)

Thank you, thank you, that sounds doable. I know I have a good alfredo recipe, and just adding salmon sounds like a solution. I think garlic and spinach is out, but I know I can do something with your suggestions!! And I'd love the recipe, if it's not too much trouble :o). She eats spaghetti, so I suspect there's tomatoes in that too.

Lee's picture

(post #33983, reply #15 of 93)

Here you go.  It's based on a recipe from Giuliano Hazan's The Classic Pasta Cookbook.  His proportions are just about right for us.  I add a bit more salmon, and more garlic and basil, but not too much more.  The bow tie pasta is good with the sauce, and easier to work with, but we like it best with fresh fettuccine.


FARFALLE AL SALMONE


 


For 1 pound farfalle


 


¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil


1 teaspoon finely minced garlic


1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes


2 cups canned tomatoes, chopped, juice reserved


Salt


8 ounces fresh salmon, cut into ½-inch dice


1 cup heavy cream


2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil


 


Put the oil, garlic and pepper flakes in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat and cook until the garlic begins to change color (don’t let it brown).  Add the tomatoes and their juice, and season with salt.  When the tomatoes begin to bubble, turn the heat down to medium-low and cook until the tomatoes have reduced and separated from the oil, about 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside (or cool and refrigerate or freeze).


 


Drop the pasta into boiling, salted water.  Return the skillet with the tomato sauce to medium-high heat and add the salmon, cream, and a pinch of salt.  Simmer until the cream has reduced by half.  Stir in the basil and remove from the heat.


 


When the pasta is al dente, drain it well, add it to the skillet and toss.  Add a little more cream if it seems dry.


 


The sauce is also good with penne or fettuccine.


 


Edited 3/2/2007 6:38 pm ET by lee

Jean's picture

(post #33983, reply #16 of 93)

Sounds good, but canned pear tomatoes?  The yellow ones? I don't remember ever seeing them.



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Lee's picture

(post #33983, reply #17 of 93)

No no, canned red Italian pear-shaped tomatoes.  You may know them as Roma tomatoes.  In any event, it really doesn't matter as long as they're whole, peeled tomatoes.  I better go back and clarify that.

helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #30 of 93)

Thank you Lee, that looks delicious!! I'm printing it off now :o)

helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #83 of 93)

Lee, I wanted to let you know the dinner party was yesterday and we made your pasta recipe. It was truly delicious :o). Our guests were wonderful company and even Mrs. Picky (who was a very nice lady) tasted everything and told us how much she appreciated everything. And though I usually avoid salmon, I loved this dish and my husband was very happy to know it's going to go into out T&T files :o).


So THANK YOU for a wonderful recipe. You saved the evening!

Lee's picture

(post #33983, reply #86 of 93)

I'm so glad you liked it and that you had a nice evening despite all the agonizing.  Thanks for letting me know.

sueshe's picture

(post #33983, reply #87 of 93)

I wondered if you served the dinner in a trench coat with dark glasses and hat would she think the whole dinner suspicous?  I am sorry for the picky eaters, they miss too many of the adventures in life, ughh and uckky just made me want to serve thesame thing in a disgused form.  When my 3 year old "hated" lima beans and threw a tantrum guess what she got to eat, no bread no water just lima beans.....she learned to taste everthing, and keep her indignant attitude to herself.  Innocent beans never hurt her feelings.

Jean's picture

(post #33983, reply #88 of 93)

That qualifies you for the Mean Mom Club. heh. May your tribe increase.




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sueshe's picture

(post #33983, reply #89 of 93)

the tribe so far consists of 6 children with spouses, 20 grandchildren, and 7 greatgrands I hope the prosper without too much more increase I don't think I can afford many more at holidays....

Jean's picture

(post #33983, reply #90 of 93)

To say nothing about remembering all their names!! Congrats.



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MadMom's picture

(post #33983, reply #91 of 93)

Remembering their names?  You mean grandmas are supposed to remember their names?  I usually called even my girls, just the two of them, by each other's name, so the grandchildren are hopeless, poor kids.



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(post #33983, reply #92 of 93)

I only have two kids, and I've taken to calling both of them, and all their little friends, Buddy.  It's much easier.

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UncleDunc's picture

(post #33983, reply #93 of 93)

That's really funny.

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Eisje's picture

(post #33983, reply #5 of 93)

Helena,


you are really too nice to cater to all the wishes... I have a recipe for a simple pasta salad with salmon, but it has capers in it, that must be "suspicious". =)


Maybe you could just make something with salmon that you enjoy, the lady has such serious eating issues, you can't help it!


Olena

helena1's picture

(post #33983, reply #11 of 93)

I think capers are definately out :o). And as I said, I'm not crazy about salmon myself, so this is going to be a tough one! Oh well, I still haven't given up hope that some day we will meet people that LOVE to cook. Oh, and you probably know what I mean when I tell you the husband informed Marco that his wife does eat rice and 'chicken tonight' sauce (the jarred nasty stuff), as long as there's no chicken in it. Can you believe that?!

MadMom's picture

(post #33983, reply #13 of 93)

ohmygawd.  get some hamburger helper and be done with it, LOL.



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Eisje's picture

(post #33983, reply #40 of 93)

Chicken tonight? That is not even food in my book. =( I really hope for you that you find foodie friends.


Olena

Risottogirl's picture

(post #33983, reply #41 of 93)

What IS Chicken Tonight? It sounds like something we 'mericans must have come up with :) but it doesn't sound at all familiar to me. And how can one have "chicken free"  Chicken Tonight ?

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Jean's picture

(post #33983, reply #42 of 93)

Sauce in a jar. different flavors, never tried any of them. Ugh.



 




Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
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A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Risottogirl's picture

(post #33983, reply #43 of 93)

huh, learn something everyday. Sounds gross.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay