Sunday, 20 May 2007

Smoked Salmon and Dill Pesto Pasta in a White Wine Cream Sauce

I like flexible people and the same goes for recipes. This little pasta dish stretches from the dinner party to the picnic table to the brown-bagged office lunch. An extra splash of wine and a lovely linguine makes for an easy meal to whip up when friends pop by while using a penne or fussilli makes it picnic friendly. It’s fuss free (no chopping, just a little whizzing and stirring) but you’d never guess that from the taste. This is also my contribution to Presto Pasta hosted by Ruth at Once Upon a Feast.

Dill Pesto
1/2 cup basil leaves
2 tbsp chopped dill
olive oil
2 tbsp cashews

Cream Sauce
1/3 cup white wine
150g/5oz smoked salmon chopped
200g/7oz pasta
2 tbsp creme fraiche or yoghurt

To make the pesto whiz together the basil leaves, dill and cashews in a food processor and drizzle in enough olive oil to reach the desired consistency. You want chunks, not puree so be careful not to over-process.

For the white wine sauce begin by heating the wine in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the smoked salmon and reduce the heat. Stir through the pesto. Turn off heat and stir through the creme fraiche or yoghurt.

Cook pasta to packet directions and stir through sauce. Garnish with a little extra dill if desired.

I've been tagged by Lucy from Nourish Me for a meme of 7 random facts. Unsurprisingly I've gone with a food based theme.

1. As previously mentioned on these pages I have a deep fear of live poultry. I’d rather encounter a tiger than a turkey with geese a close second followed by hens. There goes the fantasy of living on a self-sufficient farm.
2. My first job was slicing prosciutto at a Sydney deli. I lasted all of 1.5 hours but continue to have an intense love affair with small goods.
3. The first thing my father ever taught me was how to pick out fresh fish.
4. I began collecting cookbooks at age 7. If ever bed bound with illness not only did I get a day or two off school but more importantly received a cooking magazine to flick through. No comic books for me. Unsurprisingly I was always pretending to be sick.
5. I was a vegetarian for one year and a pescaterian for two more but the call of red meat was far too strong.
6. If I was to have a foodie profession it would be cheese making.
7. I got a reputation in pre-school for being the girl who took more than her share from the communal fruit bowl. I never have been good with sharing.


Anh said...

Truffle, yum yum! This is the type of pasta I love. I love dill, so I think I will add more. But this is a perfect dish for a night in.

Truffle said...

I think more dill would work really well. It's incredibly quick to prepare so perfect after work dinner, especially if you've pre-made the pesto.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Truffle, it was lots of fun reading your meme - I'd pretend to be sick too under those circumstances. :)

This pasta sounds great - it doesn't seem difficult to make and the flavors are so delicious!

Freya and Paul said...

Delicious! I love the idea of the dill pesto! Perfect with smoked (or 'regular') salmon!

Little Foodie said...

I've never tried dill pesto but will give it a go now. Thank you, Amanda

Little Foodie said...

I've never had dill pesto, but I must try it now. Amanda

Truffle said...

Thanks so much Patrica. Sometimes I think the simplest recipes are the best. Perhaps that's just the lazy cook in me speaking.

Freya and Paul, I think dill and salmon are a match made in heaven.

Amanda- it does have quite a strong dill hit. This would probably also work with regular pesto but the dill gives it a nice twist.

Serenity Later said...

OMG! i have to stop checking out food blogs during lunchhour. That looks fabulous truffle! I want to cook this for dinner tonight. hmmm...i'll need to get some smoked salmon tonight after work...and some dill...and some creme fraiche...and some spirally pasta. Either way its going to hard to get my mind past this tasty looking dish today. Yum!

Truffle said...

Serenity Later- I hope it turns out well. To be honest this recipe was very much a cleaning out the fridge exercise which reflects it's adaptable nature. I am quite sure it would work with what you have on hand eg. substitute sour cream or yogurt or cream for creme fraiche and regular pesto for the dill one if you're short on time. Thanks for reading :)

Serenity Later said...

update: i made this last night for dinner and it was simply delish. thanks for sharing the recipe! can you guess what kind of leftovers i'm looking forward to for lunch today??

Truffle said...

Oh I'm so pleased to hear that! Thanks for reporting back :)

Wendy said...

I make something very similar to this dish and just love it! Could eat it every night of the week!
In fact, I'm going to have it tonight. :)

Truffle said...

Sounds great Wendy. It's such a simple but delicious dinner!