All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012
This is another recipe born out of a desire to use up stuff I already had in my fridge. Primarily, I had a huge chunk of smoked salmon & I didn’t want it to go bad. So – I made up this recipe. The measurements are approximates. Feel free to adjust them to your own tastes. I will say – this produced an EASY and rich & creamy entree that tasted so much better than I hoped – I will definitely make it again – for guests. I don’t need a full pound of creamy pasta leftovers in my fridge. Nobody with thighs does.
Smoked Salmon, Capers & Cream Cheese Pasta with Dill
1 lb pasta – your choice – or 4 servings homemade (https://delightfuldeliciousdelovelyblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/pizza-dough-5/)
2 TBS olive oil
2 cloves garlic – sliced
2/3 cup dry white wine
8 oz package cream cheese – cut into cubes
1 cup half & half
1 cup (or more – for color) of tomato sauce. I used my favorite (http://www.raos.com/AR24-case.aspx) and a few tablespoons of a homemade version I had leftover from my stromboli
10 oz (more or less – to your taste or budget) smoked salmon – chopped into bite-sized squares
3 TBS Fresh dill
1 tsp (or more if you like heat) crushed red pepper
4 TBS capers
salt & pepper to taste
extra dill for garnish
Heat the oil in a skillet & add the garlic. After about a minute – add the white wine. Beware – adding wine to hot oil will create a sputtering hot mess – so stand back. Once this is boiling, add the cream cheese & stir constantly until it melts. Add the half & half & tomato sauce & the crushed red pepper. Blend well & then add the smoked salmon. Once this is well blended – stir in some fresh dill. Once it seems creamy & blended – taste & add salt/pepper or more crushed red pepper – to your taste. Reduced heat to low & simmer – stirring frequently – while you cook your pasta.
Cook your pasta according to directions. Drain & put in a large bowl. Add your sauce & stir well. Serve on individual plates, adding capers & fresh dill as garnish on each plate.
This stuff is dangerously delicious. Enjoy!!!