Tuesday 30 June 2015

Spelt pasta with rocket pesto and smoked salmon

10 minutes to prepare Serves 4



Where do you find yourself wasting food? 

I have been trying to identify the places where I mostly slip up, and, in my case, that means salad. As much as I personally try to avoid food waste, I happen to fall into the same traps over and over again: buying too much salad because you are supposedly on rigid diet from tomorrow on, trusting your male companion when he tells you he is definitely going to eat better, accepting a sudden invitation for dinner at friends' when you have planned an intensive greens session.


Today's recipe is one way to eke a little more use out of a load of salad greens. More specifically, we will try to save from the bin some tasty rocket salad.  

The pesto made out of it will perfectly complement the rich, fatty flavor of smoked salmon, while its spiciness will be softened by some cream cheese. The resulting pasta dish will delight your taste buds and hush your Jiminy Cricket in just 10 minutes. 

Run to the crisper drawer, there is some innocent salad to be rescued !

Here are ingredients for the 4-serving recipe:


400 g spelt penne pasta
200 g smocked salmon fillet
100 g cream cheese
60 g rocket
50 g pine nuts
2 tablespoons capers of Salina
EVO oil
salt and pepper

  1. Toast  pine nuts and place them in a blender
  2. Wash capers to remove the salt in which they are preserved, and drain them well
  3. Pour capers and rocket in the blender. Add the cream cheese and 4 tablespoons of EVO oil, and blend until the mixture is smooth
  4. Boil water in a pot, add salt and once started to bubble, pour the spelt penne pasta
  5. Cut the smoked salmon into not too small pieces  (side of about 3 cm)
  6. Take away one ladle of cooking water and keep it aside. Then drain the pasta al dente, at the the cooking time indicated on the package; meanwhile, pour the rocket pesto and the smoked salmon  into the pot where pasta had been cooked
  7. Add drained pasta, stir to color and dilute with some cooking water if necessary. Mix well and serve. Your penne pasta with rocket pesto and salmon are ready to be enjoyed !

Nutrition Facts are listed for this recipe in the table below. Data is provided per serving.

- Did you know
- What?
- That I could go to Japan and back?
- You're kidding me? Amazing, Geez

(Chemical Brothers, Salmon dance)

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