Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thrown-together pasta (v. attractive to cats)

Here’s another quick ‘recipe’ using smoked salmon. I say recipe (in inverted commas) because it’s actually just a couple of ingredients thrown together with some dressing and dumped on a plate. Trust me, though, it tastes a lot better than it sounds. I usually make this with leftover salmon or smoked trout (that’s been used in a proper recipe like this one). And if you use a thin pasta, like angel hair, then the result is a light, non-stodgy delight of a dish, especially if there’s lots of the spicy, tangy lemony dressing.

Warning: This dish is a well-documented cat attractant. Make sure all external doors and windows are securely closed before making this dish, otherwise neighbourhood felines will come a-calling.

Thrown-together Pasta
Serves 2

300g thin pasta, such as angel hair or thin spaghetti
150g skinless smoked salmon or smoked trout, flaked into 2.5cm(1 inch) pieces
2 cups spinach or rocket leaves, shredded

Juice of ½ a lemon
Same amount of olive oil (as lemon juice)
¼ tsp dried chilli flakes
1 garlic clove, crushed

1. Bring a pot of water to the boil, add a teaspoon of salt, then add the pasta. Cook until al dente (about 2 minutes for angel hair pasta).
2. Make the dressing: Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
3. When the pasta is ready, drain well, then add the smoked salmon and spinach to the pan, together with salt and pepper to taste. Add the dressing and toss gently to combine.
4. To serve, spoon into bowls and serve with extra lemon, if desired.

Ingredients, such as pasta, lemon, spinach, garlic, chilli flakes and smoked salmon

Whisk the dressing ingredients together and boil the pasta. Easy!

Then toss together...

... and tuck into this tangle of tastiness!

Ooh, look... I spy with my beady eye...

... Dinner time!


  1. I'm sure it's not, but the cat looks just a tad evil in the first shot... but I'd be eyeing off the pasta like that too...!

  2. oh yum PASTA the ultimate winter comfort food :D

  3. Yum.. I love quick and easy pasta, just whipped one yesterday. Thanks for sharing this delicious meal :)

  4. LOVE throw together meals. This looks so fresh and yummy!

  5. I do a version of this with prawns, and especially in summer when I'm wanting a light pasta. Love the curious look on Tabitha's face!

  6. Haha Tabitha really loves it! Look at her face! And you did the pasta swirls really nicely too! :)

  7. ohh this is the kinda recipe i need to all for simple throw everything together meals...esp angel hair too coz they cook up so fast :D will be tryin this sooon!~

  8. I love these kinds of dinners! Minimal fuss, maximum yum. Love the last 2 pictures. Nothing like a funny fluffy friend to jazz up a blog post. Did the cat get any tidbits?

  9. I swear you've got the most gorgeous cat. This recipe it just too easy!

  10. Sometimes miracles happen when you just throw things together in a bowl. Especially when those things are smoked salmon and pasta. Delicious.

  11. Ha ha Tabitha Cat - you sneaky kitty! I'm going to make this at home next week, looks simple enough for me to handle.

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  13. beautiful... still so beautiful. I like thrown together yummy dishes too

  14. we always have a packet of smoked salmon sitting in the fridge. It's a great last minute meal ingredient. Tasty and salty. Tossing it into scrambled eggs is my fave. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  15. ahh, my two favoute things in winter. Smoked salmon (breakkie) + Pasta (winter comfort food and needed carbs!) LOve it. And by the looks of things, so does Tabitha!!!! hihihi