Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pasta with smoked salmon vodka sauce

I don't really measure for this recipe, feel free to adjust the ingredients. My family really likes capers, so I usually use more. Next time I make this I plan to add minced garlic with the shallots. Black olives would probably be good too. This makes about 4 servings.

  • One box of whole wheat pasta
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Half of the large pack of Coho salmon from Costco, about 1/4 lb maybe, chopped.
  • A shot of vodka
  • 2 cups pureed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream or half and half, or even whole milk.
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp minced parsley
  1. Cook pasta as per directions and drain.
  2. While pasta is cooking, in a large pan (that will hold all your sauce and pasta) sautee shallots in butter until they soften.
  3. Add salmon and cook a minute or so more, stirring, until it lightens in color
  4. Carefully add vodka. It's a good idea to take it off the flame while you do this.
  5. Add pureed tomatoes and stir, cook for 2 minutes. If the sauce seems to runny, let it simmer for a few minutes until it's thicker.
  6. Add cream and stir, cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Add capers and parsley and salt and pepper. Stir, cook for a few minutes more.
  8. Add drained pasta and stir it up. Taste and add seasonings.
  9. Enjoy! Drizzle some olive oil on top of pasta on your individual plates for extra goodness.

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